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The plague of potholes isn’t going to be filled anytime soon

According to the 2017 ALARM (Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance) report, one in six local roads won't be fit for purpose in five years' time.

(28 March 2017)


Are drivers avoiding lane 1 on M25 Smart motorway?

Highways England's year two evaluation of the M25 Smart motorway schemes between junctions 5-7 and junctions 23-27 shows a welcome benefit from the schemes but drivers remain nervous and confused.

(21 March 2017)


Supermarket price war

A cut of ‘up to’ 2p a litre in the cost of fuel on supermarket forecourts this week has taken the average prices of petrol and diesel to their lowest since mid January.

(18 March 2017)


Pharrell Williams says don't text and drive

Images of stars from the worlds of sport and showbusiness including Pharrell Williams will appear across the UK as part of a billboard campaign that is being spearheaded by the FIA.

(10 March 2017)


Traffic Penalty Tribunal upholds landmark appeals

Bus lane appeals upheld today by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal call into question the way bus lanes are enforced in city centres across the UK.

(9 March 2017)


Budget 2017, AA response

Motoring-lite budget brings pump relief but with missed opportunities to help remove the burden on young drivers.

(8 March 2017)


Budget 2017. IPT policy needs an urgent rethink

The AA is warning drivers to 'brace for impact' ahead of the Budget as, while Fuel Duty is likely to remain frozen for another year, a further increase in IPT could be announced.

(5 March 2017)


AA and Think! ask drivers to convert their glovebox to a 'phone box'

Perhaps surprisingly, one in six British drivers still put gloves in their glovebox, according to a recent survey from the AA. This comes at a time when the AA and Think! are encouraging drivers to make the glovebox the phone box.

(3 March 2017)


AA Trust and Think! hit cinemagoers with anti-text driving ad

Since 2011 the number of casualties caused by drivers distracted by their mobile phones has increased by a quarter (24%). The AA Charitable Trust and Think! are raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving with a new ad by adam&eveDDB to be shown in cinemas, video on demand, and online.

(1 March 2017)


Gas guzzlers rewarded under new VED scheme

More than half (51%) of drivers are unaware of upcoming changes to car tax for brand new vehicles registered.

(13 February 2017)


Internet shopping fuels rise in road traffic

The AA says that the increased demand for home deliveries caused by the growth in online shopping has contributed to the increase in vehicle miles.

(9 February 2017)


Don’t use your airbag for a pillow!

Eight out of ten drivers have driven even though they said they were very tired.

(8 February 2017)


Latest road casualty statistics

Pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users account for three fifths of all killed or seriously injured incidents.

(2 February 2017)


AA celebrates 20 years of Euro NCAP

20 years ago, in February 1997 and supported by the AA, Euro NCAP published the UK's first independent new car crash test results and safety ratings for a group of seven superminis, and exposed really serious safety concerns.

(2 February 2017)


Should the Police be able to seize offenders' mobile phones?

Mobile phone use behind the wheel is so prevalent, that law-abiding drivers are getting more frustrated with offenders. Two thirds (65%) would support the police seizing the mobiles of offenders and retaining them.

(27 January 2017)


January fuel price update - Petrol back above 120p a litre 

Pumps across the South East and rural areas have seen the cost of petrol jump above 120p a litre this week. The last time drivers faced prices this high was in December 2014.

(19 January 2017)


Blustery showers and ‘thundersnow’ creating hazardous driving conditions

With harsh winter weather threatening to bring hazardous driving conditions across the UK, the AA is issuing advice to help drivers navigate the roads safely.

(12 January 2017)


One in five drivers would volunteer to fill potholes AA survey finds

One in five (20%) drivers would volunteer to fill in potholes for councils, potentially helping to cut the UK’s huge backlog of road surface repairs. This follows a rural scheme Devon County Council put into action last year.

(6 January 2017)


Return to work breakdown blues

The main return to work day (Tuesday, 3 January) is expected to be one of the busiest of 2017 for car breakdowns, says the AA, as many vehicles get left unused over the festive period.

(30 December 2016)


Christmas drink-drivers – nearly two-thirds deliberately got behind the wheel

Nearly two-thirds of drink-drivers arrested in the run-up to and during the past three Christmases were at least twice over the alcohol limit.

(30 December 2016)


Christmas travel advice - Friday 23 December busiest day for traffic

Friday 23 December will be the busiest on the roads this festive season as Christmas journeys combine with regular commuter traffic and around 12 million drivers hit the roads.

(22 December 2016)


December fuel price update

Supermarket pump prices, following the usual track of lagging behind rivals’ increases, have given temporary relief to drivers facing the impact of a 20% rise in the oil price over the past month, according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report.

(17 December 2016)


Car jacking on the increase as young AA employee targeted in terrifying ordeal

Earlier this week a young AA customer service adviser’s car was attacked by a thug wielding an axe when he stopped in his car in Halesowen. Luckily he managed to lock his doors and drive away with a smashed rear passenger window.

(16 December 2016)


#NeverTextDrive – AA Trust launches new safety campaign

More than two million car passengers would do nothing if their driver used a hand-held phone whilst driving, according to new research for the AA Charitable Trust which today launches a hard-hitting campaign to try to change attitudes and behaviours around driver distraction.

(25 November 2016)

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