NJ Press Releases

Americans Feel Unsafe Sharing the Road with Fully Self-Driving Cars, Says AAA Survey

A new report from AAA reveals that the majority of U.S. drivers seek autonomous technologies in their next vehicle, but they continue to fear the fully self-driving car. Despite the prospect that autonomous vehicles will be safer, more efficient and more convenient than their human-driven counterparts, three-quarters of U.S. drivers report feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving car, and only 10 percent report that they’d actually feel safer sharing the roads with driverless vehicles. As automakers press forward in...Read More

Road De-Icers Cause $3 Billion Annually in Vehicle Rust Damage

Seventy percent of U.S. drivers at risk for costly, dangerous rust damageAs the end of winter approaches, millions of Americans will face pricey vehicle repairs from rust damage caused by chemicals used to de-ice roadways. According to a new AAA survey, U.S. drivers paid an estimated $15.4 billion in rust repairs caused by de-icing methods over the last five years, or approximately $3 billion annually. AAA warns drivers, especially the 70 percent (150 million) who live in areas affected by snow and ice, to take action...Read More

AAA Foundation: Young Millennials Top List of Worst Behaved Drivers

February 15th, 2017

New study shows 88 percent of young millennials engage in risky behavior behind the wheelA new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials (young adults between the ages of 19-24) engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. These dangerous behaviors — which increase crash risk — included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths...Read More

AAA Foundation: Missing 1 to 2 hours of sleep doubles crash risk

December 6th, 2016

Study reveals the dangers of getting less than seven hours of sleepDrivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns dr...Read More

Some Drivers Can Barely Keep Their Eyes Open: Awareness is the Message of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

November 7th, 2016

Drowsy driving is impaired driving. What was once called a silent killer now receives more attention as a factor in vehicle crashes than ever before, according to AAA Northeast. This week (November 6-13) is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21 percent of fatal crashes, up from 16.5 percent in 2010. 37 percent of drivers report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives. An estima...Read More

AAA Statement on Transportation Trust Fund Passage

October 7th, 2016

The AAA Clubs of New Jersey applaud the Senate and Assembly for passing a long term, sustainable transportation funding plan. "Today's vote will make our roads safer, alleviate congestion and put us in the path to an improved transportation infrastructure network," said Cathleen Lewis, director of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast.  “Now that the funding plan has passed, New Jersey residents must turn their attention to ensuring that the gas tax revenues remain dedicated to their intended purpose of paying fo...Read More

U.S. Passport Photo Requirements Changing November 1

September 26th, 2016

September is Passport Awareness Month, and AAA Travel is reminding travelers of a change announced by the U.S. State Department. Beginning November 1, travelers must remove their eyeglasses when having passport photos taken. Travelers who have photos where they are wearing eyeglasses in existing passports will not be required to obtain new passports. According to the State Department, more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality photos that couldn’t be accepted in 2015. The main reason involved eyeglasses, w...Read More

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