AAA celebrating milestone, embracing safety, technology

AAA is celebrating a milestone and helping its members deal with the changes in technology and in their own circumstances.

“AAA just reached the 60 million member mark nationwide,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “We have got about 350,000 people who carry AAA member cards in Kansas alone. We’ve been
around since 1902 as the leading advocate for motorists and travelers.”

One in four U.S. households has a AAA member. Those members can now reach out to AAA through their personal digital assistant.

“AAA has developed a new feature for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa,” said Steward. “It allows members to forego the call and make their service request for some roadside service needs.”

The first time a member uses the skill, they will be asked to provide information to confirm their AAA membership. For now, the skill allows members to make certain types of roadside service requests
only. Those include battery boost/replacement, fuel delivery, vehicle lockout service and flat tire service.

Another service AAA provides for older drivers is CarFit. A public event is scheduled in Topeka for September 30 to help older drivers make sure their vehicle is right for them.

“Our volunteers walk the driver through a 12-point evaluation,” said Steward. “How does the driver sit in the driver’s seat? Does their seatbelt fit properly? Are they seeing out of their mirrors and seeing
their blind spots the way they should? Is the steering wheel, the head restraint or the gas and brake pedals positioned properly?”

Each session takes about 20 minutes. CarFit is not a driving assessment. Spaces are limited and will fill up. Call (785) 430-4029 to set a time between 1 and 4 p.m. on the 30th at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for your assessment.