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March/April 2016 Issue

Members can save on gas with BP

Drivers generally have to buy gas every week, but an exclusive offer from BP can make filling up your tank easier on your wallet. As a member of AAA, you can earn a 25-cent off per gallon reward* for every $100 spent on BP gas at participating locations until May 31, 2016, when you register as a new BP Driver Rewards member.

To receive this exclusive offer, visit and enroll using the first six digits of your AAA membership card as the promo code. To take advantage of the savings after enrolling, rewards members simply enter their phone number at the pump at participating locations after first pressing the “cancel” or “no” key.

*This exclusive offer is only open to AAA members who enroll online between 12:00:00am ET Jan. 1, 2016 and 11:59:59pm ET May 30, 2016 (the “Bonus Period”). AAA members must enter the first six digits of the AAA membership card in the promo code field. After registering with the promo code, eligible members will earn 25 cents off per gallon, up to 20 gallons, for every $100 spent on BP gas at participating locations during the Bonus Period. This includes 10 cents off per gallon as a BP Driver Rewards member and, during the Bonus Period, an additional 15 cents off per gallon. Driver Rewards members earn and redeem rewards in 1 cent increments.

All rewards are valid for a single use only, up to 20 gallons. Any unused rewards are forfeited. May not be valid with other offers. Rewards expire 365 days after the end of the month they are earned. Only one (1) Ultimate Status Reward can be earned per calendar year. Rewards are earned and redeemable at participating locations with operable electronic transaction networks. Not valid where prohibited by law or CA. See BP Terms & Conditions for more details and BP Station Finder for participating locations.



Technology, safe habits can help keep seniors driving

Advanced automotive technologies and safe driving habits can help older motorists remain behind the wheel longer, according to two new studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

These findings are significant because a record 36 million adults ages 65 and older drive in the United States, and this number is expected to rise substantially in the next decade. The studies also are important because recent foundation research has found that seniors who give up driving are nearly five times as likely to enter a long-term care facility.

The researchers examined 16 vehicle technologies. Those that can potentially reduce crashes and improve the ease and comfort of driving for seniors include:

  • Forward collision warning systems that warn of likely collisions or even apply the brakes
  • Automatic crash notification systems that alert emergency services in the event of a wreck
  • Parking assistance systems that can include backup cameras, obstacle detection, cross-traffic alerts, or even the ability to take over the steering wheel while parallel parking
  • Turn-by-turn navigation assistance systems

Older adults also can extend their driving years by adopting habits that reduce their risk. The research finds that many seniors can improve their safety by avoiding challenging situations, such as driving at night, in bad weather, during rush-hour traffic, in unfamiliar areas, or on the highway.

For more safe driving tools, visit



Recalls can save lives only if drivers take action

As witnessed by the massive number of recalls in the last few years, there has never been a perfect car. And despite efforts to get those cars repaired, there has never been a perfect response rate for those recalls, either.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were close to 900 recalls affecting 51 million vehicles nationwide last year. However, 25 percent of recalled vehicles on average go unrepaired each year.

“Recalls are a serious safety issue that should be promptly addressed,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Do not wait to act if your car is under recall and the parts are available.”

To help improve the response rate to recalls, the NHTSA launched a campaign this year called Safe Cars Save Lives that urges consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and to get their vehicles repaired if they are recalled. To remember to check, NHTSA suggests timing it when we change our clocks in March and November at the start and end of daylight saving time.

To see if your car has a recall, find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your dashboard, insurance documents, or registration, and use the free VIN look-up tool located at


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