Smart Travel

Spring Break Planning

Smart vacation travel starts with AAA. Maximize the fun of spring break trips by using the many AAA tools and resources available at your fingertips. Before starting a road trip, map out your driving route and stops along the way, including gas stations and EV charging sites at By booking an overnight stay on, AAA members reap the benefits of discounts at many hotels. Or, consider renting a car for your next roadtrip to avoid adding extra miles to your own vehicle. AAA members save on Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car rentals. For more information, visit

Learn and Plan at Traveler Showcases

As a one-stop vacation-planning resource, attend a AAA Traveler Showcase event between April 10-25 in Beaverton, Bend, Boise, Clackamas, Eugene and Medford. Learn about worldwide destinations, hear from top travel and cruise companies, and receive special savings when you book your next vacation with AAA Travel. Learn more at

Find Discounts at AAA Tickets

Seeking inspiration for spring break or summer vacation? Look no further than AAA Tickets to save up to 30% at some of your favorite parks such as Disneyland® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™. Plus, save on tickets to movies, concerts and even Major League Baseball games. Explore more at

File Taxes with Ease Using TaxAct

As a special offer, AAA members save 25% when filing their state and federal taxes with TaxAct. The easy-to-use software takes the stress out of e-filing. Plus, TaxAct ensures users will get their maximum tax refund with 100% accurate calculations. The claim is backed by a $100,000 error-free guarantee. Get started at

Prepare for Spring Driving

Spring is just around the corner, and while snow- and ice-covered roads are less of a concern as temperatures warm, the season brings its own set of driving challenges:

  • Rainstorms. Standing water can make the roads slick and cause an unexpected loss of control over your vehicle due to hydroplaning.
  • Sun glare impairs vision and creates blind spots.
  • Potholes can not only damage vehicles, they can cause serious accidents.
  • Motorcycles and bicyclists take to the streets as the weather warms, demanding extra vigilance for drivers.
  • Children at play can be unpredictable. Always pay extra attention when driving in neighborhoods and school zones.
  • Wildlife activity increases in spring, especially in rural areas.

It’s an excellent season to ensure your auto and home insurances are up to date. Find your AAA Oregon/Idaho insurance agent at

Celebrate Earth Day at SOLVE’s Statewide Cleanup

Roll up your sleeves this Earth Day and take part in a cleanup organized by nonprofit SOLVE. Since 1969, SOLVE’s mission has been to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship in Oregon. This year, you can get involved during the Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 20, at locations across Oregon. This family-friendly volunteer event provides opportunities to join beach cleanups, inland litter cleanups and habitat restoration. Learn more and register for a volunteer project near you at

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Did you know distracted driving has the same deadly consequences as drinking and driving? Distracted driving refers to any activity that diverts the driver’s attention, including talking or texting on a phone, eating and drinking, conversing with a vehicle’s passengers, or adjusting stereo, entertainment or navigation systems. Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately five seconds, making it the most dangerous distraction. At 55 mph, this is equivalent to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Learn more at

Tips to avoid distracted driving:

  • Place a mobile device out of sight to prevent temptation.
  • If using a navigation system, program the destination before driving.
  • If you have to call or text while driving, pull off the road safely and stop first.
  • Use the help of passengers to navigate, make a call or send a message.
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if you feel the driver of your vehicle may be distracted.
  • Set up your phone to minimize distractions while driving.

Car Battery Diagnostics

Don’t let late winter weather get the best of your vehicle. AAA members receive complimentary vehicle charging system diagnostics. Last year alone, AAA Oregon/Idaho installed more than 19,000 batteries in member vehicles and recycled the batteries to keep them out of landfills. Visit

Packing Tips from an Expert

Pack smarter for your next vacation with helpful tips from an expert at a Travel Smart Pack Right event near you. Expert Anne McAlpin teaches travelers how to efficiently pack for a two-week trip, prepare for airport security and protect personal data with RFID products. Learn more at