Department: Flashback

AAA Back in the Day

AAA & Cars & Trucks

Your Story: Adventures With Classic Cars

March 24, 2022. Aimee Carrier

We asked our members to tell us about their classic cars and the response was overwhelming. Here are five standout stories of antique rides.

Roadside Services

How Roadside Assistance Was Born

June 06, 2020. Jerry Ascierto

AAA kick-started its roadside assistance service back in April 1915, when five motorcyclists working for the Automobile Club of St. Louis founded the “First Aid Corps.”

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Diamond Mine: 80 Years of the AAA Diamond Program

February 28, 2020. Jerry Ascierto

AAA began inspecting the nation’s hotels and restaurants in 1937, providing detailed descriptions to members on the go.

Cars & Trucks

C.R. Patterson and Sons: The First and Only African-American Automobile Company

February 03, 2020. Andrew Sheldon

In honor of Black History Month, learn how former slave C.R. Patterson and his son Frederick started a business that would eventually build the first cars, rivaling the Model T.

AAA & National Park Vacations

The Road to the National Parks

January 13, 2020. Andrew Sheldon

AAA helped create the Park-to-Park Highway, which connected the country’s 12 western National Parks.

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The Nation’s First Road Maps, Courtesy of AAA

December 26, 2019. Jerry Ascierto

AAA produced its first map in 1905, a hand-drawn route on linen, depicting roads in Staten Island, N.Y. The rest is history.

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Where Did the First Road Signs Come From?

December 18, 2019. Jerry Ascierto

Starting in 1906, regional AAA clubs across the nation began paying for and installing wooden signs to help motorists find their way.

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Film Celebrates AAA Founder’s Amazing Exploits

October 11, 2019. AAA Staff

Adventurer. Daredevil. Auto and Aviation pioneer. Broadway Actor: AAA founder Augustus Post led a life tailor made for the movies.