For us, safety is a lifetime pursuit.

Since 1902, our mission has been unwavering: the safety and protection of drivers across America. Back when roads were just two ruts in dirt, we were advocating for a national highway system. Since then, we’ve become one of the nation’s most trusted names in insurance services and Roadside Assistance. Today, we continue our commitment to road safety with programs and resources for all ages. You have access to all of it right here. With mindful and cautious roadway use, each one of us can help make a difference. Let’s all be safe out there.

Driver Education

Since its founding, AAA has provided safety education programs for the driving public. Our driver training classes emphasize safe, responsible driving. Whether you’re a new driver preparing to hit the open road, or an experienced driver looking to stay sharp and safe, trust AAA!

AAA Driver Training Courses:

Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe Behind the Wheel

At AAA, driving safety is at the heart of all that we do. This certainly applies to new drivers, who are particularly vulnerable to challenges on the road. Before giving your teen the keys to drive, it’s important to ensure that they are safe – and AAA is here to help.

AAA has been involved in teen driver safety for decades. AAA aims to raise awareness about safe teen driving, while giving you the tools and support you will need to prepare your teen for the road ahead.

Teaching your teen to drive can be an overwhelming process, but parental involvement is key. By having open, honest conversations – and personally showing them the ins and outs of navigating the roadway – the path to mastering life behind the wheel will be much safer for your teen, and everyone else around them.

Here are several tips and resources to help your teen embark on a road toward safe driving

Take the time to plan ahead for safe driving—it’s a leading cause of life.

AAA provides tips and tools that will help you evaluate your driving ability, improve your driving skills, understand the effects of aging, maintain your mobility and independence, and much more.

Even the most experienced drivers can improve their performance behind the wheel. Make this interactive website the next stop on your journey. Take the time to plan ahead for safe driving—it’s a leading cause of life.

AAA will help keep your child safe.

For more than a century, AAA has worked to foster a safe environment for travelers through education, research and advocacy.

Since its founding, AAA has been a leader in developing and supporting educational and safety programs for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and children. In 2002, AAA launched a campaign called Seated, Safe and Secure to raise awareness of child passenger safety (CPS) and strengthen occupant protection laws for everyone under the age of 18. AAA believes that closing the loopholes in existing state laws and educating about the proper use of safety seats and restraints for all children are essential to preventing child passenger injuries and deaths. Studies have shown that neither of these "fixes," when used independently of the other, is as successful as a combination of the two.

Today, AAA is still promoting the life-saving safety of child restraint systems. 

Common Car Seat Installation Mistakes

  • The vehicle’s safety belt is not in lock mode (consult your vehicle manual for proper locking directions)
  • Car seat is not tightly secured to the seat of the vehicle
  • Child is not tightly secured within the car seat (harness straps too loose)
  • Child is placed in the forward facing position too soon for their age and weight
  • Use of both the safety belt and LATCH (lower anchors and tether) restraint system (only one method should be used at a time)

The 4 Stages of Car Seats

Infant in a rear facing car seat

Rear-facing seat (birth to at least 12 months)

Rear-facing car seats should be used in the back seat as long as possible up to the age and weight limit stated on the seat. (The minimum age and weight for switching to the forward facing position is 1 year and 20 pounds). This position supports the child’s head, neck and back and reduces stress to the neck and spinal cord in a crash. (For optimal protection, the child should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the maximum weight recommended for the safety seat.

Forward-facing seat (at minimum older than age 1 and more than 20 pounds)

Use a forward-facing car seat in the back seat until the child reaches the upper height and weight limit stated on the car seat, which can be up to 7-years old. These seats include an internal harness system that keeps children properly restrained and limits forward motion.

Booster seat (typically age 8 - 12)

Use a belt-positioning booster seat to help ensure proper safety belt placement. The lap portion of the belt should fit snugly across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt should not cross the neck or face. Your child should remain in the back seat while using a booster seat. 

Safety Belt

A child is ready to switch to an adult belt when they can sit with their back straight against the vehicle’s seat-back cushion and bend their knees over the seat edge without slouching. The safety belt should fit low across the hips and thighs and across the shoulder and chest. It should not cut into the child’s abdomen or neck.