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Have you ever wondered how AAA can help you anywhere in the U.S.—and Canada? Whether you're on the winding roads of California's Pacific Coast, cruising through Key West, or navigating the rolling hills of Georgia, AAA is always just a phone call away. AAA provides everything from lockouts to winching, tire changes, automotive first aid and towing.
When your call comes in, experienced call center operators will ask you a few questions to help identify your problem. The reason they do this—rather than just taking your location—is AAA's new "On the Go" philosophy. Our drivers are service technicians whose job is to help you get your vehicle going—and avoid the inconvenience of towing.
This is done through a robust database of vehicle diagnostic and troubleshooting information. Simultaneously, your location aligns with the current location of service techs in your area. Your location, situation and possible troubleshooting solution are relayed almost instantly to the individual who will be helping you.
The goal of AAA is to provide the service you require as quickly as possible. Our dispatchers will stay in touch to keep you updated on the status of your call. If your battery is the problem, AAA also provides on-the-spot battery testing and installation—saving you the headache of being towed, then purchasing and installing a battery later.
Two new offerings by AAA this year are trailer (ATVs, boats, etc.) and motorcycle coverage.
It's a face only a mother can love. This prehistoric-looking marine iguana exists only in the Galápagos Islands. They live on the black lava rock shores, blending in perfectly with their environment. They have external eardrums, throat pouches and toes with sharp claws for climbing. Unlike most lizards, these iguanas are vegetarians. They spend the majority of their day sunning themselves on rocks that have been warmed by the equatorial sun.
Are men better drivers than women? According to a study by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, women are actually much safer drivers than men. The odds that a female driver will be involved in a crash that results in an injury in one year are 1 in 77.38, while the same odds for a male driver are 1 in 59.92.
For that hairdryer! Electrical outlets in Canada and the U.S. use 110 to 120 volts, compared to 220 to 240 volts in Australia, New Zealand and most European countries. Be sure to bring a downward converter with you; they can be hard to find overseas.
— I. Flinn, Bradenton, FL
Love to shop online? Earn AAA Dollars to help pay for your membership—simply by using AAA.com to shop at your favorite online stores like Walmart.com, iTunes and Overstock.com. Visit AAA.com for details and begin shopping—and earning—today.
AAA Tip: Hey there, music lovers, your iTunes earnings can really add up!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Julia Buxton of Georgia, who turns 103 on Sept. 11. Julia has been a member since 1932—a whopping 78 years with AAA!
A woman called a travel agent to say that she just got back from traveling and she was furious.
When asked why, she said, "On the airport carousel, I saw tons of black bags!"
Confused, the agent responded, "What was the problem with that?"
She huffed, "You told me to have my bags 'checked.' Do you have ANY idea how many stores it took for me to find a 'checked' bag? It was almost impossible—they're all in black!"
AAA'S newest iPhone app, AAA Triptik® Mobile, has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times since its launch in late April. It'll have to hit the gas to catch up to the AAA Discounts app, which has been downloaded more than 840,000 times!
AAA Tip: Text AAASAVE to 46786 and have discounts sent to any mobile phone!
Started in 1937, the AAA Diamond Rating process continues to be North America's premier rating program. Whether you seek a clean roadside motel and diner, a luxurious destination resort and spectacular cuisine, or something in between, you can trust AAA's well-researched, reliable travel information and Diamond Ratings to steer you in the right direction.
Did You Know that homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding? You need to purchase a separate flood insurance policy to be covered.
If you're considering visiting a theme park, zoo, museum or other attraction before summer ends, be sure to stop by any AAA office or AAA.com for member-discounted tickets before you hit the road.
AAA tip: Enjoy a AAA discount on SeaWorld's up-close experience "Behind-the-Scenes Tour" or the "Makahiki Luau."
Now through Sept. 30, visit any Florida Outback and receive a free Aussie-tizer simply by presenting a certificate and your AAA card. For printable certificates and full details, visit AAA.com. You can choose from a free Bloomin' Onion, Aussie Fries or Kookaburra Wings with the purchase of two entrees.
AAA tip: The free Aussie-tizer is included on curbside pick-up orders, too!