About AAA Northern New England


About AAA Northern New England

1910 to the 1920s

The Maine Automobile Association (MAA) was founded in 1910 and joined AAA in 1914. Though car owners were few in Maine, the state was a destination for travelers, and MAA's first notable contribution was a guidebook for use by residents and visitors alike. The famous Maine Automobile Road Book and Pine Tree Tour was first issued in 1912. One of the organization's founders, George Taylor Files, traveled extensively throughout Europe to study the services provided by motor clubs. One of his recommendations helped shape AAA's Approved Accommodations program which began in 1926.


1920s to the 1970s

The club began its leadership role in public policy in 1913 when it persuaded state government to establish the Maine Highway Commission. The state's first vehicle laws and sign regulations, established in 1920, also resulted from advocacy by MAA. MAA was one of the first AAA clubs to establish an adult driver-training school in 1949. In 1969, the club established a telephone service for members to obtain up-to-the-minute winter road conditions. In 1974, MAA undertook a successful referendum campaign to limit the length and weight of trucks on Maine highways.

 

1970s to the present

MAA enjoyed substantial growth in the 1970s and 1980s, setting the stage for expansion into other states. The Maine club merged with AAA Vermont in 1995, and purchased AAA New Hampshire in 1996 to become AAA Northern New England.