AA Summer Saviours

Patrols get set to support holidaymakers this summer

5 AA patrols will be cheering up the roads by swapping their regular AA vans for limited edition 'Flower Power' AA vans

Almost two thirds (62%) of AA members are planning to take a summer holiday this year involving driving a car either in the UK or abroad. Of those, half (49%) of our members surveyed will be taking a holiday in the UK involving driving.

To support these drivers and the optimistic third of British drivers who say they always holiday in the UK, rain or shine*, the AA is organising a series of special summer events, competitions and offers designed to give British motorists their best summer ever – whatever the weather.


  • Three VW California camper vans to be won
  • Free onward travel when you buy national recovery
  • Members get a free car check
  • AA vans go ‘Flower Power’

Win a camper van

Touring in a camper van is among the top three UK holidays for AA members, alongside narrow boats and historic castles.

Buy AA breakdown cover and you'll automatically be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 3 brand-new VW California camper vans**.

Those who are already AA members can also be in with a chance of winning. Simply register with AA Rewards, or sign in, and enter online.


Free car checks

As part of our Summer Saviours campaign, we're also offering all our members a free summer car check. We've teamed up with National Tyres and Autocare to give members a free visual safety inspection by a skilled technician. Find out more.

Free onward travel

When you join the AA between 4 June to 15 July, you'll receive a year's free onward travel cover if you buy roadside plus national recovery.

Onward travel upgrades your cover to give you other travel options if you break down and your car can’t be fixed at the roadside or at a garage. Choose from:

  • car hire for up to 72 hours
  • public transport costs
  • overnight bed and breakfast accommodation

Bearing in mind the average cost of car rental over 3 days is £148, you'll also have peace of mind knowing that we'll keep you moving if your car needs to be repaired. However, if you break down without cover, you won't be eligible for this offer.

New AA-Populus research shows that the hot summer last year has impacted on people’s holidays plans for this year with more people planning to give our weather the benefit of the doubt.


A quarter of people (24%) say that because the weather was so much better last summer they are more optimistic about the weather and so are more likely to holiday in the UK this year. This rose to a third (31%) amongst young people (18-24), which perhaps indicates youthful optimism and a greater desire to save money than older people.

World Cup

Young people (11%) are also the most likely to be considering a holiday in the UK because of the World Cup. People in Scotland are the least likely to say the World Cup will make them holiday here (6%); those in London and the West Midlands were the most likely (10%).

Busy on the roads

Out on the roads this summer it is looking like it may be very busy with 38% of drivers saying they think they will be driving more in the UK this summer than last. And half of people (50%) say the good weather last year means they will be more likely to be taking more day trips and short breaks this summer.

Flower Power

One of five 'flower power' AA vans

One of five 'flower power' AA vans

To help keep the nation’s spirits high this summer, five AA patrols will be cheering up the roads by swapping their regular AA vans for limited edition 'Flower Power' AA vans.

Patrols driving these vans, decorated in a customised livery, throughout the summer will serve members in Scotland, Northern England, Midlands, Wales, South West, and South East.

Members who spot the vans and let the AA know, via Twitter or retweet mentions of the vans, will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets for horseracing at Glorious Goodwood.

Wherever you are in the UK you are no more than two hours by car from the coast and with AA breakdown patrols covering the whole of the UK, no matter where you are the AA will have you covered.

Summer saviours

AA summer saviours


Chris Jansen, AA chief executive, said: “We estimate that a record number of 20 million drivers will be hitting the roads in their cars as part of their summer holidays, both at home and abroad.

“This year we want to help everyone have a great summer, rain or shine. We know that half of our members are planning to take a driving holiday in the UK; others will drive abroad or take lots of day trips and get out and about enjoying everything that we have to offer here.

We’re here to help make this summer the best yet even if it’s just by raising a smile by seeing one of our flower power patrol vans, or trying to win a campervan. Our patrols will be out in force from Glasgow to Glastonbury and Goodwood to ensure all drivers have a great summer

Chris Jansen, AA chief executive

“To allow people to make the most of these plans they need to be prepared and that’s where the AA can be their summer saviour. We are encouraging all drivers to ensure they don’t suffer a summer breakdown by being prepared and having AA cover. We will also be offering free car checks for AA members.

“We’re here to help make this summer the best yet even if it’s just by raising a smile by seeing one of our flower power patrol vans, or trying to win a camper van. Our patrols will be out in force from Glasgow to Glastonbury and Goodwood to ensure all drivers have a great summer.”

(4 June 2014)

* Populus received 23,085 responses from AA members to its online poll between 7 and 15 May 2014. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

AA members will also be able to get free summer car checks at National Tyres and Halfords

As part of the Summer Saviours Campaign the AA is a main sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed

**The VW camper van prize draw is open until 2 September 2014. Customers purchasing or upgrading a breakdown cover policy before then will automatically be entered.

Full terms and conditions

  1. The prize offers three winners a brand-new Volkswagen California SE 2.0 TDI 6-speed manual camper van each, including retail plates and delivery charges. The winners will be responsible for insurance and vehicle tax. Fuel is not included. One camper van will be won each month during June, July and August.
  2. The prize draws are open to:
    1. all AA customers and members who register with AA Rewards during an entry period or who are already registered with AA Rewards and who select to enter the prize draw online through the AA Rewards portal during an entry period;
    2. customers who purchase a new Breakdown policy during an entry period; and
    3. members who upgrade an existing Breakdown policy, or who fulfil requirements as agreed by AA management, during an entry period.
  3. We will automatically enter anyone falling within 2(ii) and (iii) above into the relevant prize draw for the entry period during which they bought or upgraded their Breakdown policy.
  4. Entries through AA Rewards, as set out in 2(i) above, are NOT automatic and will only occur if proactively entered by the customer/member while on the AA Rewards portal (www.theaa.com/rewards).
  5. Entries will be excluded from the prize draws where payment has not been received or has failed at the time of the relevant prize draw. The details of any customers who have cancelled their policy before the draw takes place will be removed from the prize draw.
  6. The prize draw is open to all UK residents (excluding residents of Northern Ireland) aged 18 years and over, except employees and agents of the AA group of companies, and members of their household.
  7. There will be three draws, the first for the entry period of 4 June 2014 up to 3 July 2014, the second for the entry period of 4 July 2014 up to 3 August 2014 and the third for the entry period of 4 August 2014 up to 2 September 2014 (all dates inclusive). The details of customers/members who have purchased or upgraded policies or who have selected to enter the prize draw through AA Rewards during each period will be entered into the relevant prize draw for the respective period along with all other customers/members who have entered via any of these methods in the same period.
  8. Each prize draw will take place within 28 days of the end of each of its respective entry period.
  9. The winner of each draw will be the first name selected at random from all entries collected in the relevant period. Each winner will be notified by email or telephone within 14 days of each prize draw taking place.
  10. Delivery date of the vehicle will be confirmed to the winner once each respective draw has been completed, subject to manufacturer lead times. Optional extras can be included subject to availability and at the winner's expense.
  11. All winners agree to take part in any publicity related to this prize draw and to the disclosure of their name and county, as a condition of receiving the prize.
  12. Prize is as stated and there is no cash alternative to the prize offered. Prize is non-transferable. Only one entry per person per draw. Only one prize per person across all three prize draws.
  13. The promoter is Automobile Association Developments Limited, Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA.
  14. For names and counties of the winners, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to AA Rewards, Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA.



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