When I first learned to drive my parents gave me a AAA membership for Christmas. I thought it was a pretty crummy gift at the time, but once I used it once, I was hooked. If you have ever been stranded by the side of the road, it is so nice to know that you can call and get a tow or change a flat in no time. I think AAA has had a bad reputation for responsiveness in the past, but i have had remarkable service. By being a AAA member we also receive travel, shopping and car repair discounts.