AAA or “Triple A” stands for American Automobile Association. It’s a service business and membership organization of several motor clubs all over North America. There are more than 58 million AAA members in Canada and the US being provided services by the organization. Services include roadside assistance, member discounts and more.
AAA Battery Replacement Services
One of the advantages of being a member of the organization is the offer of an AAA battery replacement benefit, but only to premier members. This is an extraordinary service, since all a premier member need to do in case of battery failure is to call the nearest AAA wherever he or she is, and they will replace the battery there and then, for free.
A premier member, however, can only avail of one free battery per membership per family under the AAA battery replacement benefit. This is if in a roadside service call, the test conducted by an AAA Mobile Battery Service indicates that a replacement is required. But coverage is still available for additional vehicles. The replacement battery is also limited to the typical lead-acid batteries.
For non-premier members, AAA will still safely get you back on the road but you will have to pay for the AAA battery replacement. AAA batteries are expressly designed to tolerate all kinds of climate. They come with a 6-year warranty and 3 years free AAA battery replacement. All members enjoy a minimum saving of $25 on the price of the battery.
AAA members are entitled to on the spot free testing of battery and charging system, free battery replacement and free installation services. In addition, AAA also takes care of the recycling and disposal of your old battery.
Members can also bring their battery or car to an AAA Auto Repair shop near them for battery and charging system testing, charging and replacement.
Short history of AAA
AAA was formed to address the inadequacy of roads as well as highways good enough for automobiles way back at the start of the 20th century. The organization was established in Chicago, Illinois on March 4, 1902. It started when 1,500 members from nine clubs banded together to become the initial members of the Triple A. The nine motor clubs includes the Chicago Club, Club of New Jersey, Club of America, Long Island Club, Philadelphia Club, Rhode Island Club, Club of Utica, Princeton University Club, and Grand Rapids Club.
More than 40 individual clubs, 58 million members and more than a hundred years later, Triple A’s most essential premise endures; “safe, efficient transportation is a fundamental underpinning of our society.”
Triple A’s Advocacies
Believe it or not, AAA has moral and ethical advocacies that are commendable in spite of its being a service business. It has collaborated with the government, the academe and the private sector in crafting and drafting laws and legislations that will further their cause, at the same time make the world, at least in America, a better place to live in.
Fight for better roads and highways
AAA’s initial goal was to spearhead a fight for the upgrade of roads across the nation that could safely take in vehicular traffic. Towards this end, AAA has encountered a lot of roadblocks. But AAA triumphed over most of this and can claim major successes such as the removal of state blockades to interstate travel which has made road travel safer and more convenient for everybody.
To achieve the goal of better road and highway conditions, AAA has collaborated with the government and lobbied for the drafting and passage of laws and legislations for the construction, improvement and modernization of transportation infrastructure, not only for land but including air transportation.
Traffic and pedestrian safety
Traffic as well as pedestrian safety is another advocacy of AAA. Towards this end, AAA has embarked on numerous programs such as the AAA School Safety Patrol Program which aims to keep the children safe from vehicular dangers. The organization even created a Traffic Safety division which released a teachers’ curriculum for safety education, wrote a bill for safety responsibility, and promised to continue a zealous crusade for safety in both private and public schools.
It published textbooks and instructional manuals on responsible driving that are being used not only in the academe but also in commercial driving schools. In addition, AAA also conducted training courses for driver instructors to give them the essential tools to train new drivers properly,
Roadside automotive assistance
In spite of the many services and advocacies of Triple A, most consumers view the organization primarily as a provider of emergency road services to its members; services that include AAA battery replacement, towing, tire changes, winching, automotive first aid among others. These services are taken cared of mostly by private neighborhood towing businesses contracted by an AAA club of the state.
Triple A offers roadside assistance for different types of motor vehicles, including motorcycles. In other localities, AAA even offers roadside services for bicycles. A large number of AAA motor clubs also have their own automotive fleet operation attending to large urban areas, and any calls that can no longer be served are passed on to private towing enterprises in the area. Lately, several motor clubs have started an “on the go” testing/installation battery program.
For this endeavor, AAA is instrumental in improving the skills of mechanics and auto technicians as well as help remedy the shortage of trained mechanics all over the nation. It launched programs, contests and training towards these ends.
Other advocacies and concerns of AAA that are as important are energy and environmental matters, detailed mapping of roads and highway beautification.
As you can see, AAA is not only about roadside automotive service that includes AAA battery replacement, testing and installation. The organization has evolved into an important partner of the government and the private sector in ensuring that Americans can drive safely, easily and with peace of mind across America.
It has also been instrumental in creating jobs, providing business opportunity, and educating drivers pedestrians, children and adults both on road safety and responsibility.