The New Jersey Automobile Club’s Foundation for Safety & Education was founded by members in 1952 and is funded by member contributions. The Foundation sponsors educational programs for residents, schools, businesses and community groups in Essex, Morris & Union Counties.
Help Support The Foundation
Donations may be mailed to:
AAA New Jersey Automobile Club
Foundation for Safety & Education
1 Hanover Rd, PO Box 698
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Activities and programs sponsored by the Foundation for Safety & Education include:
The AAA School Safety Patrol program equips students with the tools needed to ensure they commute to and from school safely. The Foundation for Education & Safety supports School Safety Patrol Programs for students in grades 4-8 in Essex, Morris and Union Counties by providing belts, badges and patches, as well as other School Safety Patrol items.
If you are interested in starting a School Safety Patrol program or need more supplies, contact Keisha Barnes in the Club’s Public Affairs Department at: (973) 245-4860.
The Foundation offers free bicycle safety information – brochures, bike ID cards and bookmarks with bike safety tips – free of charge to businesses, police departments, and school and community groups for their bike rodeos or other bicycle safety events.
To request hard-copy brochures, contact Keisha Barnes in the Public Affairs Department at (973) 245-4860.
Child Passenger Safety
In addition to offering information about the proper use of child safety seats, the Foundation sponsors free child safety seat checks to ensure that children are seated, safe and secure while riding in motor vehicles.
For more information, visit www.AAA.com/SafeSeats4Kids
Geography Education Programs
A free, hour-long presentation offered to middle school students (4th and 5th grades) in Essex, Morris and Union Counties, this program provides children with essential map reading skills. All students receive a U.S. and New Jersey map, ruler and a pencil.
For more information or to book a presentation, contact Shani Jarvis in the Club’s Public Affairs department at (973) 245-4861.
AAA aims to keep drivers of all ages safe on the roads. The Foundation offers information and tips on driving while fatigued; how prescription/over-the-counter medications can affect driving; avoiding distracted driving; defensive driving tips; seat belt and airbag usage; and drinking and driving.
For more information, visit www.aaafoundation.org
Police Training Courses
AAA works with state and local police departments to conduct training courses that aim to improve crash investigation techniques and driver safety.
AAA works hard to promote lifelong safe mobility and remains dedicated to helping mature drivers stay safely mobile for as long as possible. AAA offers numerous resources designed to give guidance and tools to help mature drivers and their families, including:
Offering expert advice, research-based tools and resources to aid in prompting conversations, assessing abilities, and improving the comfort and safety of older drivers.
The AAA Clubs of New Jersey sponsor senior driver events across the state. The expo offers attendees a hands-on opportunity to sample AAA’s suite of research-based senior driver resources. For more information, visit AAA.com/SeniorExpo
A personalized vehicle assessment, which aims to increase driver safety by improving the way a mature driver "fits" in their vehicle. For more information, visit Car-Fit.org
An interactive computer program featuring exercises that improve reaction time, visual processing speed, field of view and driving ability.
A computer-based program that helps lessen risks through steps to privately assess driving health.
A confidential tool to find out how prescription and over-the-counter medications can impact your driving ability.
For more information, contact the Club’s Public Affairs department at (973) 245-4860.
Belong to a group that welcomes speakers? Want to learn more about traffic safety and safe driving topics? The AAA Speakers Bureau provides free public service presentations to business, community and children’s groups. Popular topics include senior mobility, safe driving and child passenger safety. Topics for children include map reading, pedestrian and bike safety, and safety in the car. Reservations are requested a minimum of 30 days in advance.
For more information or to book a presentation, contact the Club’s Public Affairs Department at (973) 245-4860.
Teen Driver Safety
AAA works hard to help families as their teens prepare to move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat, and develop them into safe, responsible drivers. AAA offers tools and information to help parents (and teens) join the effort against the leading cause of death for teens and young adults. AAA offers Dare to Prepare, a workshop designed to help teens (and their families) during their formative driving years. The Dare to Prepare workshop can be presented in schools as a supplement to their Driver’s Education program.
If you are interested in having a Dare to Prepare presentation at your school, contact the Club’s Public Affairs department at (973) 245-4860.
Parents and teens should also visit Keys2Drive, AAA’s teen driving website, for important New Jersey-specific information about teen driving, including: Graduated Driver License (GDL) program requirements; tips on what to look for in a driving school; Parent-Teen Driving Agreements and more.
Teens between ages 13 and 16-and-a-half are eligible to enroll in AAA's FREE INsider Program, which gives pre-driving teens a taste of AAA membership, offering them discounts on shopping, attraction tickets and more, as well as a quarter newsletter with information on special events, contests and safe driving tips. When they turn 17, INsider participants receive a free AAA associate membership.
This annual contest encourages students in grades K – 12 to promote important traffic safety messages to their peers through creative and artistic mediums: students in grades K – 8 submit hand-drawn designs and students in grades 9 – 12 have the option to submit hand-drawn or computer-enhanced/graphic arts posters or a video public service announcement (PSA). Contest entries are judged locally by traffic safety and arts education experts on a variety of criteria, including: relationship of entry design to proper traffic safety practices, originality, creativity and execution, visual impact and relevance of the safety slogan.
For more information, contact the Club’s Public Affairs department at (973) 245-4860 or visit www.AAA.com/PosterContest
Visit the AAA Exchange for more information on AAA’s advocacy work. The AAA Exchange was designed to foster communication between AAA and the more than 54 million members it represents. It is an extension of AAA’s long history of public service and provides a look into important safety, consumer, automotive and travel issues.