NJ Press Releases

U.S. Drivers Waste $2.1 Billion Annually on Premium Gasoline

September 20th, 2016

AAA testing shows no benefit to splurging on premium fuel when not required by the manufacturer According to new AAA research, American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion dollars in the last year by using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel. With 16.5 million U.S. drivers having used premium fuel despite the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation in the last 12 months, AAA conducted a comprehensive fuel evaluation to determine what, if any, benefit the practice offers to consumers. After u...Read More

AAA Foundation: Americans spend an average of 17,600 minutes driving each year

September 8th, 2016

New AAA Foundation report reveals habits and characteristics of American drivers American drivers spend an average of more than 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The research finds that more than 87.5 percent of Americans aged 16 and older reported driving in the past year. During this time, drivers traveled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spend more than 290 hours on the road. “The amount of time the average driver spends behind the whee...Read More

AAA: One year later, education still needed on NJ car seat law

September 6th, 2016

A year after New Jersey’s new child safety seat regulations took effect, education remains the focus of child safety advocates throughout the state. A report released by AAA earlier this year found that less than half of motorists were aware of the new regulations, particularly the requirement to keep children rear-facing until 2 years of age. Only 52 percent of drivers who regularly drive with children were aware that they should remain rear facing for at least 24 months; that number dove to 45 percent when all drivers...Read More

Be safe heading back to school, says AAA

August 31st, 2016

AAA "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign celebrates 70 yearsNext week, kids in our area begin heading back to school. With increased traffic on the roads in the form of school buses, more motorists and child pedestrians, it’s more important than ever to remember safe-driving practices.“Many students walk or bike to school, so AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for child pedestrians during the before- and after-school hours,” says Cathleen Lewis, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations for A...Read More

AAA statement on Gov. Christie executive order to fund ‘absolutely essential’ road work

August 18th, 2016

Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order to restart essential road construction projects, effectively ending New Jersey’s six-week transportation shutdown. This solution is temporary. The AAA Clubs of New Jersey urge all parties to come together quickly to determine a sustainable and long-term funding solution to fix New Jersey’s growing transportation woes. When asked to rank New Jersey’s roadways, motorists ranked local roads the lowest – 31 percent of respondents ranked them “poor...Read More

American Drivers Aren’t Securing Their Loads on the Road

August 11th, 2016

New AAA Foundation study shows that more than 200,000 Crashes Are Caused by Road Debris More than 200,000 crashes involved debris on U.S. roadways during the past four years, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Debris on the road has resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. AAA is calling for drivers to properly secure their loads to prevent dangerous debris. AAA researchers examined common characteristics of crashes involving road d...Read More

Despite Vehicle Advances, Breakdowns at Record High

July 20th, 2016

AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers in 2015 Despite advances in vehicle technology, including maintenance reminders and other dashboard alerts designed to mitigate roadside trouble, AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers in 2015, with more battery, flat tire and key problems than ever before, a new study shows. Vehicles fewer than five years old in particular experienced a higher proportion of tire and key-related issues than older vehicles, suggesting that the trend toward eliminating the spare tire ...Read More

Got road rage? AAA Foundation study finds many drivers do

July 14th, 2016

Nearly 80 percent of drivers express significant anger, aggression or road rage Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a new study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.  Drive...Read More

AAA Statement on shut down of transportation projects

July 11th, 2016

For too long, New Jersey motorists’ safety has been jeopardized due to an underfunded Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), that resulted in patch work repairs and a fraction of the work necessary to keep our roadways safe and efficient. Now it seems that our roadways, and potentially our safety, have become a bargaining chip, despite the fact that there is bipartisan consensus to establish a dedicated and sustainable funding source paid for by the users of our roadways. The current shutdown not only increases our mot...Read More

AAA Clubs of New Jersey statement on TTF inaction

June 30th, 2016

Tomorrow the Transportation Trust Fund goes bankrupt. Inaction today will lead to additional costs for motorists tomorrow.Crumbling roads cost drivers more than $600 a year. Without needed investment, more bridges will be closed, creating longer delays and more congestion, as well as placing pressure on an already taxed transportation infrastructure. There was bipartisan agreement to make this critical investment in our roadways and bridges. It's important to come back together to solve this problem and protect New Jers...Read More