AAA History

AAA's History

Almost immediately after the first horseless carriages appeared on America's roads, motorists began organizing automobile clubs. In 1902, only 23,000 cars were in operation in this country compared with 17 million horses. Yet, motoring enthusiasts had formed approximately 50 small auto clubs across the country.

Nine of those clubs met in Chicago on March 4, 1902, to create a national motoring organization, and the American Automobile Association was formed with 1,500 members.

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North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization

Founded in 1902, AAA is a not-for-profit organization of clubs serving more than 50 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA serves its members through a network of 1,100 offices with more than 45,000 employees. Through affiliations with automobile and touring clubs around the world, AAA provides benefits to members traveling in 130 countries on six continents. AAA exists for its members and will judge everything it does by how well it serves their needs.

Over the years, AAA has become recognized as:

  • The nation’s leading provider of roadside assistance and automotive-related expertise.
  • The world’s largest publisher of travel information and one of the world’s largest leisure travel agencies.
  • One of the most active advocates for the welfare of the traveling public.
  • One of the fastest growing financial products and services organizations in the United States.
  • A top performer in the life insurance industry.

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