Press Release Category: Studies

Tread Lightly: Worn Tires Put Drivers at Risk 

AAA tests reveal hazards of worn tires in wet weather CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jun. 7, 2018) – Afternoon downpours could spell disaster for millions of road trippers this summer, thanks to an unlikely suspect – tires. New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average […]

AAA: Teen-Driver Involved Crashes Kill 10 People a Day During 100 Deadliest Days

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 30, 2018) – More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year, according […]

More Motorists Consider Going Electric in Next Vehicle Purchase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 8, 2018) – American appetite for electric vehicles is heating up. A new AAA survey shows that 20 percent or 50 million Americans will likely go electric for their next vehicle purchase, up from 15 percent in 2017. With lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the latest advanced safety features, AAA sees […]

Hit-And-Run Deaths Hit Record High

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 26, 2018) – More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These crashes resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. Last year in North Carolina, there […]

Double Digits Means Double Trouble for Vehicle Breakdowns

AAA expects to rescue 7.7 million drivers at the roadside this summer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 17, 2018) – As 64 percent of family travelers gear up for a road trip this summer, AAA warns that the majority of U.S. vehicles are at a higher-than-average risk for a breakdown. A new analysis of AAA roadside data […]

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 […]

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 […]

Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Crashes Each Year

AAA Foundation Study Reveals Benefits of Adding Safety Technology to Large Trucks (Sept. 21, 2017)- Equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In 2015, large trucks were involved in more than […]

AAA Study Reveals Annual Driving Costs

Despite higher costs, Carolinians continue to remain loyal to pickup trucks. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 24, 2017) – A new AAA study reveals the cost of owning a 2017 vehicle – with the average cost coming out to $8,469 per year. Of the nine types of cars reviewed (which is four more than the previous years), […]