Business Description: How It All Started In 1902, there were only 23,000 cars on the roads in this country, compared to 17 million horses. Even with such a large disparity, motor enthusiast clubs began to form. Nine out of an approximate 50 clubs met in Chicago on March 4, 1902, with the intent to create a national motoring organization. The meeting resulted in the formation of the American Automobile Association with roughly 1,500 charter members, and the decision to base the first headquarters office on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Today, AAA is a federation of more than 50 affiliated clubs with some 1,100 offices in the United States and Canada serving more than 51 million members. Today, AAA annually distributes more than 90 million maps and 17 million TripTik® customized routings that include key travel information, such as road construction and mileage estimates. Today, AAA operates a network of 13,500 contract towing facilities that annually respond to more than 30 million roadside assistance calls. Today, the program sponsors more than 500,000 patrols in some 50,000 schools every year. Today, certified technicians provide repair services and offer members maintenance inspections at more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across the country. AAA discounts, including those available via the organization's Show Your Card and Save® program saved AAA members more than $2.1 billion in 2009. Members that used the discounts had an average savings of $101 during the year. AAA members saved on everything from hotels and restaurants to home electronics and prescription drugs and much more.