Press Release Category: Driver Safety

Drowsy Driving: Don’t Be Asleep at the Wheel

New AAA Foundation study shows drowsy driving crashes are eight times higher than federal estimates CHARLOTTE, NC (Feb. 8, 2018)- The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S. using footage of everyday drivers found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to […]

BE WINTER PREPARED: AAA URGES MOTORISTS TO STOCK EMERGENCY KITS IN VEHICLES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 17, 2018) – ​ When motorists have a mechanical breakdown and are waiting for AAA or other emergency roadside assistance to arrive, it is important that they are equipped with a fully stocked emergency kit in their vehicles. A recent AAA Carolinas survey revealed that three out of four Carolinians do not […]

AAA Offers Winter Driving Tips

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 8, 2017) Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies as weather reports in parts of the Carolinas are calling for wintery mix conditions. AAA Carolinas reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. AAA […]

AAA Carolinas Applauds South Carolina’s Thanksgiving Holiday Crackdown on Texting and Driving

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 22, 2017) The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) alongside South Carolina law enforcement will be cracking down on texting and driving during the Thanksgiving holiday period. So far in 2017, South Carolina has seen an estimated 13,872 crashes resulting in 38 fatalities as a direct result of drivers using cell […]

AAA Carolinas Urges Safety During Halloween Festivities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 26, 2017) – Trick-or-Treaters and adult costumed partygoers will soon be flooding the streets and neighborhoods for Halloween celebrations throughout the Carolinas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is consistently among the top days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. NHTSA data reveals that one-third of Halloween […]

Stranded Without a Spare: AAA Reveals Many Newer Vehicles Not Equipped with Spare Tire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 18, 2017) – In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one‐third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating an unnecessary hassle and […]

National Teen Driver Safety Week Shines Light on Teen Crashes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 16, 2017) This week (October 15-21) is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. In 2016, more than 3,500 teens lost their lives and 359,000 were injured in car crashes nationwide. North Carolina saw 67 fatalities as a result of […]

AAA Carolinas Urges Caution During Deer Season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 12, 2017) – With more deer around the road during mating and hunting season, AAA Carolinas is urging motorists to take precaution to avoid collisions. The “rut” season – or mating season – of deer typically runs from mid-October through mid-November. During this time, it is common for deer to lose their […]

NEW VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY CREATES MORE DISTRACTIONS BEHIND THE WHEEL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 5, 2017) With distracted driving as one of the leaders in crash causes, AAA warns that in-vehicle technologies designed to curb the dangerous behavior may not be working as they were intended. New vehicle infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous […]

National Child Passenger Safety Week Gives Parents and Guardians Car-Seat Safety Resources

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 20, 2017) – National Child Passenger Safety Week is currently taking place this week, Sept 18-22. Car crashes are currently the leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 13. Carolinians can help change these numbers by taking the proper precautions when driving. “It is our responsibility as parents and guardians […]