Get Summer Road Trip Ready With AAA - President's Message

Kirk Hendrix

Summer travel season is upon us, and like millions of Americans, you likely have a road-trip (or two) on your calendar. The flexibility that comes with traveling by car, accompanied by the peace of mind provided by your AAA membership, is quite the combination. Beyond knowing we will be there for you on your journey, we also want to help you prepare beforehand.

First, consider working with a member of our AAA Travel team who can help plan your route by creating a custom TripTik®. Not only can we help you find the most efficient route to your destination, we can also highlight points of interest and rest areas along, helping ensure a smooth, hassle-free journey.

Thinking about renting a car for your trip? Whether you need more room or want to save wear and tear on your personal vehicle, helping secure a car rental is another way we can assist. With access to exclusive AAA member benefits through Hertz, Thrifty, and Dollar, our team can stretch your vacation budget a bit further.
Road trips also make for a great time to take advantage of special AAA offers and great hotel rates. Whether you seek a simple place to rest your head for one night, or a dream resort, certainly one of AAA’s many partner hotels nationwide can fit the bill.

If traveling with your own vehicle, please make sure it’s road-ready. Consider having it pre-checked at a AAA Approved Auto Repair. You can rest assured knowing your car is in the hands of certified technicians and as a AAA member you’ll save a minimum of 10% off labor costs.

And in the event you find yourself in need of new tires ahead of your vacation, reach out to AAA’s new mobile tire service — My Pit Crew. You won’t even have to stop packing for your trip to take advantage of this unique service. My Pit Crew will come and install your new tires at a time and location that’s convenient for you. Select tires and schedule your installation at

Fuel cost is certainly something to consider when embarking on a driving vacation. Before you depart, enroll in Shell’s Fuel Rewards program. As a AAA member, you automatically receive Gold Status, which saves you 25 cents/gallon on your first fill-up and 5 cents/gallon every day thereafter. Plus, this summer, Shell is providing members with an additional 5 cents/gallon savings on select weekends. Learn more and enroll at

Finally, fret not should you leave your AAA membership card at home, as you can access it from the palm of your hand with the AAA Mobile app. Request roadside assistance or find exclusive AAA member discounts near you, wherever you are. Download the AAA Mobile app in both the iPhone and Android app stores.

Be it coast to coast or just a state away, I hope we can assist in making your summer road trip one to remember. Drive safely, and we’ll see you on the road.