AAA North Jersey Community Services

AAA North Jersey provides a variety of programs and services at local, state and national levels to help protect the rights, safety, comfort and economic resources of motorists and other travelers. We advocate for and provide resources to educate drivers and the communities in which we serve.

Traffic & Driver Safety

AAA North Jersey provides a variety of resources to educate drivers and improve driver safety.

AAA North Jersey Foundation for Safety

The Foundation for Safety has one goal – to educate our members and the public about the importance of safety. We work with local police departments, school and community organizations and as many citizens as possible in an effort to provide information, programs and courses geared toward improving safety. The foundation is funded by AAA North Jersey Members. Donations to the foundation provide funding for programs and campaigns such as those listed. Additional information can be requested by contacting us.

  • Adult Crossing Guard Program: Adult school crossing guards play an important role in the School Traffic Safety Program by providing safe crossing to and from school for hundreds of thousands of children each day. AAA provides handbooks, stop paddles and bright lime green reflective safety vests to school crossing guards through program.

  • Bicycle Safety: AAA provides information to minimize the risk and maximize the fun of bicycle riding. Materials provided include tips on how to operate and maintain your bike, how to wear proper safety gear, and how to operate your bike safely.

  • Child Passenger Safety: AAA provides resources to increase awareness about the correct use of child safety seats and seatbelts in an effort to prevent injury or death. For more information on child safety seats or to schedule a car seat inspection appointment, please contact us at 973-956-2200 ext. 2240.

  • Otto the Auto Program: Otto the Auto is a remote-controlled, talking car that informs students K-3 about the importance of safety - pedestrian and bicycling. Learn More

  • Pedestrian Safety: The Foundation for Safety educates children about the importance of safe walking skills. Materials provide children with information to remain safe, as well as drivers with information to keep pedestrians safe.

  • School’s Open Safety Campaign: Annual campaign focused on the safety of our children. AAA urges motorists to stay alert and be cautious while children are traveling to and from school.

  • School Safety Patrol: The AAA School Safety Patrol is an organization of 550,000 boys and girls nationwide volunteering to keep their fellow classmates safe. AAA provides over 30,000 pieces of safety patrol materials each year. Learn More

  • School Bus Safety: Campaign focused on providing safety tips and instructions for children while waiting, boarding and riding the bus; as well as information for drivers riding in the area of a school bus.

  • Safety Brochures and Materials: Each year The Foundation distributes over a quarter of a million pieces of literature about bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, defensive driving, occupant protection and more. Learn More

School Safety

AAA North Jersey is committed to providing schools in the communities we serve with materials and programs aimed at keeping children and schools safe. Our local School Safety Programs include:

  • Adult Crossing Guard Program: Adult school crossing guards play an important role in the School Traffic Safety Program by providing safe crossing to and from school for hundreds of thousands of children each day. AAA provides handbooks, stop paddles and bright lime green reflective safety vests are provided to school crossing guards through our Adult School Crossing Guard Program.

  • Otto the Auto Program: Otto the Auto is a remote-controlled, talking car that informs students K-3 about the importance of safety, pedestrian and bicycling. Learn More

  • School’s Open Safety Campaign: Annual campaign focused on the safety of our children. AAA urges motorists to stay alert and be cautious while children are traveling to and from school.

  • School Safety Patrol: The AAA School Safety Patrol is an organization of 550,000 boys and girls nationwide volunteering to keep their fellow classmates safe. AAA provides over 30,000 pieces of safety patrol materials each year. Learn More

  • School Bus Safety: Campaign focused on providing safety tips and instructions for children while waiting, boarding and riding the bus; as well as information for drivers riding in the area of a school bus.

  • Traffic Safety Poster Contest: Annual contest that encourages students K-12 in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County to use creativity and traffic safety knowledge to communicate safety messages to their peers. Contact us for more information.

Programs & Class Schedules

AAA North Jersey provides the following programs and courses to better prepare and protect our members and the general public in the communities we serve.

Boating Safety Class: The Boating Safety Class is for all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft operators, hunters and anglers. This course is approved by National Association of Boating Law Administrators and meets requirements for certification for all vessel operators in New Jersey. Participants receive a NJ Boating Safety certificate after completing 4 (2) hour sessions. Course will include:

  • Boating safety and legal requirements
  • Navigation rules
  • Boat handling and emergency measures

Course application & schedule

Defensive Driving Class: Lower your auto insurance by 5% for 3 years. The AAA Defensive Driving course provides tips and techniques on how to reduce risk through proper management of visibility, time, and space, how to handle emergencies, and driver and passenger safety.

Course application & schedule

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Map Reading Class: AAA North Jersey provides both a School and adult Map Reading Program,

  • School Map Reading Program: School program led by AAA’s map-reading expert, providing 4th and 5th graders free materials and a 45 minute interactive lesson. To schedule a program, contact John Tilli at jtilli@aaanonj.com or call (973) 956-2839.
  • Adult Map Reading Class: Held in the spring and fall, adults can learn the basics of map reading in our Wayne office on Saturday mornings. Attendees must pre-register. E-mail us for course dates, cost and other details.

Distracted Driving Program: A free program, courtesy of AAA North Jersey, to educate high school students and young adults on the dangers of distracted driving and being safe motorists. This 40 minute presentation can be conducted in a school classroom or at a teen community event. To schedule a presentation, please contact Roz Thompson at 973-956-2191.

News & Events

For the last 100 years, AAA has provided a variety of programs and services at local, state and national levels to help protect the rights, safety, comfort and economic resources of motorists and travelers. Our efforts include advocacy, local and national events and communication of information through press releases and articles to our members.

Contact our office if you have a feedback or an inquiry pertaining to traffic, school or pedestrian safety.

AAA Community Traffic Safety Awards Luncheon
Annual event draws large group of safety professionals

Over 200 traffic officers, police chiefs and various government officials attended AAA North Jersey’s annual Community Traffic Safety Awards Program luncheon at the Brownstone in Paterson recently. Vincent J. Bove, author and prominent security educator, was the keynote speaker at the event, who was one of many highlights from the luncheon.

Police departments in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties were recognized for their efforts to keep their communities safe. In addition, awards were presented to the presidents of the Police Chief’s Associations for their valuable service and guidance. The Upper Saddle River Police Department received a special recognition award for their exceptional safety record and various safety programs. Retired lieutenant Joseph Cofone, who is an active member of the Bergen County Traffic Officers Association, received a special award for his dedication and service to traffic safety over a long career. Overall, the event was well-attended and enjoyed by all attendees.

Legal Benefits

AAA continually evaluates and responds to legislation and regulatory measures that directly affect motorists and travelers.

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