AAA IN THE COMMUNITY

AAA IN THE COMMUNITY

We're always with you®

We're always with you®

Serving the needs of motorists since 1908

It’s not often that a company can remain vital for more than a century, but AAA has survived and thrived because we’ve never lost sight of our mission to help our members – and by extension, our larger community – meet their ever-changing needs.

ADVOCACY - SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU KNOW

Traffic Safety

“I was delighted to read AAA sponsored this new law. That is exactly why I am glad to be a AAA member: because your organization can help me take care of these kinds of matters, so I can concentrate more on my family and other responsibilites in life. Thank you for helping me on so many levels.”

Erick G,
a member expressing gratitude for AAA motorist advocacy efforts

Advocacy Initiatives

Ensuring taxes and fees paid by motorists are fair, reasonable, and used to effectively improve roads, transit and safety.

Advocating for fair treatment and choice for automotive consumers when they buy, maintain, and operate their vehicles.

Supporting legislation and public policies that effectively improve traffic safety for all road users.

Sponsoring or supporting legislation to reduce drunk driving through use of ignition interlocks and other impaired driving deterrents.

Sponsoring laws targeted at improving safety for:

  • Teen drivers, such as the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing law
  • Child passengers, such as the revised booster seat law
  • All drivers, such as New Mexico’s ban on texting while driving

TRAFFIC SAFETY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

Teen Drivers
Senior Drivers

TRAFFIC SAFETY ISSUES

ENVIRONMENT AND AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH CENTER

Founded in 1965 to study the connection between cars and smog pollution, the Automotive Research Center (ARC) has assisted in establishing effective practices to reduce vehicle emissions, providing consumers with more accurate fuel economy (MPG) information and informing consumers about their options when considering alternative-fuel vehicles. Over the decades, ARC has contributed to many research initiatives such as:

San Diego LEED-certified branch

New AAA fleet vehicles include All Electric Drive cars, designed to maximize efficiency and reduce greenhouse gasses.

Tests new vehicles based on "real world" consumer needs and reports results to members via the AAA New Mexico Journey magazine. Also reports safety defects to manufacturers/agencies to ensure public safety.

Based on extensive studies by the Automotive Research Center, the federal Environmental Protection Agency changed its regulations regarding posted mileage estimates on vehicles for sale. Those mileage estimates now better reflect the "real world" mileage that average drivers can actually expect.

Publishing an annual "Green Car Guide" evaluating high-mileage gas-powered and alternative fuel vehicles based on fuel economy and consumer-friendly criteria such as roominess, comfort, ease of use, and crashworthiness.

Testing after-market products that claim to improve vehicle mileage. None of the products tested to date have actually lived up to the manufacturer's claims of significantly improving fuel economy.

Publishing information to help motorists conserve fuel consumption and save money, including:

Gas Watcher's Guide: Tips for Conserving Fuel, Saving Money and Protecting the Environment

Your Driving Costs: How Much Are You Really Paying to Drive?

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Victim Relief Drives

Shred-a-thons

Some AAA New Mexico branches offer free Shred-a-thons, providing the community with an opportunity to dispose of sensitive documents in a secure and environmentally friendly manner.

Refurbished Vehicle Donations

VIN Etchings

AAA New Mexico works with local law enforcement to offer free VIN-etchings to the public. VIN etching consists of stenciling the unique Vehicle Identification Number onto a vehicle’s front and rear windshields and windows. The process makes the vehicle far less desirable to thieves and more difficult to be disassembled at chop shops. VIN etching events are typically offered in conjunction with other community events.

Victim Relief Drives

Victim Relief Drives

Providing help to victims of weather-related tragedies, such as the tornadoes, that struck the Midwest and Alabama in 2011, and our "Hope for Haiti" fundraiser in 2010.

Victim Relief Drives

United Way

AAA New Mexico conducts United Way campaigns twice each year. Donations are given to various United Way offices statewide, and benefit the specific needs of the communities.

Refurbished Vehicle Donations

Mobile Catastrophe Command Center

In order to better serve members during times of immediate need, AAA launched a mobile catastrophe RV that serves as a highly recognizable base for nationwide claims operations during times of disaster.

Refurbished Vehicle Donations

Dare to Prepare

This free interactive program outlines the requirements needed for teens to receive their driving permit and driver’s license. It also guides parents and teens through roles and responsibilities in the learning-to-drive process.


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