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March/April 2017 Issue

Vehicle repair with peace of mind

When you need vehicle repairs, count on our AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program to find facilities that meet and maintain AAA’s stamp of approval.

AAA members receive a number of benefits by selecting an AAR facility, including a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty, discounts on repairs, AAA assistance with dispute resolutions, and more. Among the latest shops to be added to the program are:

  • Master Auto Repair at 206 Vandalia St. in Collinsville, Ill. Call (618) 344-7800.
  • Lou Fusz Ford at 2 Caprice Drive in Chesterfield, Mo. Call (636) 532-9955.
  • M&M Auto Service at 210 N. Heidelbach Ave. in Evansville, Ind. Call (812) 425-2631.
  • O’Brien Tire at 3924 Nameoki Road in Granite City, Ill. Call (618) 876-7616.

For details or to find a shop near you, call (800) 222-7623 ext. 1066821 or visit



Crash risk soars for drowsy drivers

Most people know that driving while intoxicated can be deadly. However, few recognize that sleep deprivation can be just as dangerous – often impairing judgment and reducing reaction time as much as drugs and alcohol.

According to a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report, drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash. The danger more than quadruples for drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for intoxication.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. With drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to safely function behind the wheel,” said AAA Foundation Executive Director Dr. David Yang. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

Another study by the AAA Foundation found that while most people view drowsy driving as an unacceptable and unsafe behavior, they still admit to doing so. Nearly one in three drivers said that at least once in the past month, they got behind the wheel when they were so tired they struggled to keep their eyes open.

Symptoms of drowsy driving can include drifting from lanes and not being able to remember the last few miles driven. However, more than half of drivers involved in fatigue-related crashes experienced no symptoms before falling asleep. AAA urges drivers to not rely on their bodies for warning signs of fatigue and should instead prioritize getting at least seven hours of sleep a day.

“Failing to maintain a healthy sleep schedule could mean putting yourself or others at risk,” said AAA Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research Director Jake Nelson.



Missourians might need alternate ID to fly next year

Signs now greet air travelers at Missouri’s airports that warn them their Missouri driver’s licenses won’t be acceptable to allow them to fly starting early next year.

As of late January this year, Missouri was one of five states that were still noncompliant with the federal REAL ID Act, which was adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to improve security. Under the Act, Americans need a REAL ID-compliant license to board a domestic flight or to enter a federal building or military base. Otherwise, they’ll need to show another accepted form of identification, such as a valid U.S. passport.

While many objected to it, states and territories have been in the process of adopting the Act since 2005. About 25 have completed the process and about 25 have extensions. The Transportation Security Administration will accept driver’s licenses issued by all states until Jan. 21, 2018. After that, it will only accept licenses from compliant states or noncompliant states with extensions.

In 2009, Missouri adopted a law that bans the Department of Revenue from complying with the Act. Some legislators argue the system raises privacy concerns because it requires states to copy and retain source documents, like birth certificates.

However, several bills were introduced in Missouri this year that would require the Department of Revenue to issue REAL ID-compliant licenses with the option for residents to obtain regular licenses. Debate on the measures began in January.

Visit or to learn about the REAL ID Act.


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