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John Snowling – our Patrol of the Year 2016
Norfolk patrol crowned king of the roadside, beating over 2,000 rivals for the coveted Patrol of the Year award.
(16 November 2016)

Nothing smart about ‘deadly’ lay-bys on all-lane running motorways
Eight out of 10 drivers think that removal of hard-shoulders on SMART motorways has made motorways more dangerous than four years ago, while some drivers even refer to the lay-bys on these motorways as ‘death zones’.
(26 September 2016)

AA Recovery patrol rescues double-fronted Rover 75 featured in AA TV advert
AA Recovery Patrol Robert Ponter had the surprise of his career last week after attending an unusual callout near the M25 with a unique car.
(22 July 2016)

Car litter louts are biggest summer bugbear for drivers
More than a quarter of drivers (28%) think that people throwing rubbish out of the window is the most annoying habit in the summer, according to a new AA-Populus poll of 21,877 members.
(14 July 2016)

Don't trap vulnerable passengers in the car this summer
The AA rescues on average seven children locked in cars every day and is uging drivers to take care not to accidentally – or deliberately even for a moment – leave people or pets alone in the car this summer.
(14 July 2016)

New AA Multi-fit spare wheel saves hours at the roadside
Thanks to the pothole puncture epidemic and the fact that up to a third of newer cars don’t have a spare, the AA has come up with a unique solution to help drivers.
(28 April 2016)

Swerving to avoid potholes
Nearly three quarters of AA members have swerved to avoid a pothole but only a fifth have ever reported one. This underlines the extent to which these road hazards are under-reported.
(23 March 2016)

Easter travel advice
AA research shows that traffic may be up on last year with more than 11 million cars taking to the road at some stage this Easter.
(22 March 2016)

Police evidence to Transport Committee confirms AA’s smart motorway safety fears
Evidence submitted by police to the Commons’ Transport Committee confirms long-held AA fears that smart motorways on the cheap are a danger to drivers and their passengers.
(15 February 2016)

All-lane motorway running unnerves drivers despite reports saying ‘safety has not worsened’
Two reports are published today by Highways England looking at the performance of two sections of 'SMART' motorway with all-lane running on the M25 (junctions 23-27 and 5-7). Whilst the reports say “safety has not worsened as a result of the schemes” the AA still has safety concerns.
(28 January 2016)

AA awarded Gold in Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme
The has been recognised by the Defence Secretary as showing an outstanding commitment to supporting the Armed Forces. The AA was one of just 15 organisations that received a Gold Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
(15 January 2016)

New Year and return to work travel advice
The main return-to-work day (Monday, 4 January) is expected to be one of the busiest of 2016 for car breakdowns, says the AA, as many vehicles get left unused over the festive period.
(31 December 2015)

Christmas travel advice 2015
This Friday (18 December) will be the busiest on the roads as Christmas traffic combines with regular commuter traffic, says AA Roadwatch powered by INRIX.
(16 December 2015)

International road safety award for AA Patrol
An AA patrol has received an international road safety award for a campaign he developed to remind drivers to do a ‘double-take’ for those on two wheels, as failure to look properly increasingly contributes to road accidents.
(2 December 2015)

August Bank Holiday travel update - more than 13 million drivers on bank holiday leisure journeys
The Great British bank holiday getaway will start in earnest from lunchtime on Friday (28 August) as people take advantage of the final weekend of summer, says the AA and traffic data specialist INRIX.
(26 August 2015)

AA awarded Which? Recommended Provider status for tenth year in a row
The AA’s ability to fix vehicles at the roadside has been recognised by the consumer champion Which? in its authoritative survey of breakdown providers.
(20 August 2015)

Max moves into the fast lane as AA's new Patrol of the Year
Max Holdstock from Sunbury has been crowned Patrol of the Year – the AA's top accolade for its roadside patrols across the country – at this year's AA Employee Awards. Max will spend the next 12 months as the ‘public face’ of the company within the motor industry and before the media.
(23 July 2015)

Weather conditions trigger a surge in breakdowns from Cumbria to Cornwall
By mid-afternoon on Wednesday, the hottest July day on record, the AA had attended more than 8,000 breakdowns across the country and was dealing with around 1,000 every hour.
(2 July 2015)

Armed forces corporate covenant - AA reaffirms commitment to the armed forces community
On 22 June, AA executive chairman Bob Mackenzie and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, co-signed the AA’s updated armed forces corporate covenant at the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London.
(22 June 2015)

Easter 2015 travel advice
With Easter falling early this year and a longer wait until the summer, it is likely to be one of the busiest on the roads in recent years.
(30 March 2015)

Hard shoulder safety - drivers must shoulder responsibility for motorway misuse
With millions of drivers expected to hit the road over the Easter weekend, AA research shows that around a quarter of them have potentially endangered their lives unnecessarily by stopping on the hard shoulder in a non-emergency.
(26 March 2015)

Breaking down on the way to the airport is the most stressful breakdown scenario
Conking out on the way to the airport is the most stressful breakdown scenario, reports the AA, which has updated its popular AA app to let you track the approaching patrol.
(2 March 2015)

AA patrol repairs old Land Rover with a potato
The humble root vegetable came to the rescue when an old 1960s-vintage Land Rover on a farm in Hertfordshire failed to start due to a broken condenser, which is part of the ignition system on older vehicles.
(18 February 2015)

A red X means lane closed - but one in 10 drivers say they would disregard ‘red X’ lane signs
AA analysis of potential driver behaviour on motorways including new all-lane-running motorways with no hard shoulders, but spaced refuge areas shows that around 10% of drivers would seek to take advantage of an empty lane – even if it was closed by a 'red X' to prevent an accident.
(12 February 2015)

Around 70% of drivers haven’t removed tax disc from windscreen
It may have been abolished last October but it seems drivers are in no rush to remove the tax disc from their car’s windscreen, reports the AA. According to an AA-Populus poll of 19,887 AA members*, only a fifth (22% men vs 15% women) have removed the small perforated disc.
(9 February 2015)

Breakdowns surge as temperature drops
Patrols have been rescuing motorists stuck in freezing conditions, following a surge in cold weather-related breakdowns at the start of the week. Members around the UK have experienced flat batteries, frozen door locks, handbrake cables and engine issues.
(20 January 2015)

Return to work breakdown blues – Monday 29 December was one of the AA's busiest days
Record low temperatures for 2014 helped make Monday one of the AA’s busiest days for breakdowns in five years with a large jump in call-outs to flat batteries. The main return to work day (Monday, 5 January) is expected to be one of the busiest of 2015 for car breakdowns.
(30 December 2014)

Christmas travel advice 2014 – third of drivers to hit the road today
Friday 19 December is set to be the busiest day of the Christmas period with around 10 million cars taking to the road, either at the start of a week-long Christmas holiday or to get festive preparations into full swing.
(19 December 2014)

Don’t get ‘stocking’ flood water this christmas, says AA and Environment Agency
The AA and the Environment Agency are reminding drivers to stay out of flood water as they head off for Christmas after revealing that last Christmas Eve was the busiest day in the last five years for flood rescues.
(19 December 2014)

12 of the AA's top 20 flooding related breakdown sites are at fords
The Environment Agency and the AA are urging drivers to be #floodaware as AA research shows that all of its top 20 flood rescue spots are in England, with 12 of them located at fords.
(14 November 2014)

Glasgow patrol retires after 48 years having helped more than 87,000 motorists
Wednesday 27 August is the final day at the roadside for the AA's longest-serving patrol, who has rescued more than 86,000 motorists, and driven an estimated 1.4 million miles during the past 48 years.
(27 August 2014)

August Bank Holiday travel – up to 40 per cent of AA members likely to drive this weekend
Cooler and more unsettled conditions will help take some of the sting out of the August bank holiday traffic, says the AA, on what is normally one of the busiest weekends of the year.
(21 August 2014)

University costs: parents feel the pinch
We have seen an increase in parents taking out a personal loan each year to help out their children as the cost of university living continues to rise.
(15 August 2014)

#footballjourneyman Twitter competition to find the super fan with the longest journey
With the new Barclays Premier League season round the corner, the AA Route Planner team has calculated that Newcastle United will top the table of teams who will travel the farthest to see their team play.
(12 August 2014)

Widnes man wins £45,000 Volkswagen California from the AA
The winner of the first AA Summer Saviours Volkswagen California Campervan is Tony Byrnes, 70, from Widnes. He lives with his wife, Marlene, their daughter and granddaughter.
(11 August 2014)

First World War Centenary
When the AA marks the First World War centenary on Monday 4 August, it will also pay tribute to the AA patrols that fought in the conflict.
(30 July 2014)

Summer getaway – the heat is on for drivers as summer getaway rush starts
This weekend (25-27 July) is predicted to be one of the busiest on the roads this summer as holiday traffic mixes with additional leisure traffic brought on by the warm weather, reports the AA.
(24 July 2014)

Breakdown cover: facts and stats – view the latest infographic from The AA
The AA reflects on the services it has provided as the UK's number one breakdown cover provider for eight years in a row (Which?) - see the current facts and figures about being a member with the AA and how The AA's breakdown cover has really been the 4th emergency service.
(22 July 2014)

Health warnings as UK goes tropical
With temperatures warm enough to soften tarmac coinciding with the start of the school summer holidays in some areas, the AA is warning of traffic disruption over the next few days. Schools in Scotland have already finished for summer with most in England and Wales breaking up either tomorrow or next week.
(17 July 2014)

Drivers' worries on long car journeys
Congestion, having an accident and breaking down top the list of drivers’ worries when making a long journey in the UK. A quarter (25%) of drivers said congestion was the thing they worried about most when they had to drive for more then 200 miles.
(16 July 2014)

AA Summer Saviours – patrols get set to support holidaymakers this summer
Almost two thirds of AA members are planning to take a summer holiday this year involving driving a car. 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 motorists their best summer ever – whatever the weather.
(4 June 2014)

AA patrols keep charity dash on the road
The AA is supporting this Friday's Duchenne Dash (6 June 2014), a 24-hour charity bike ride from London to Paris to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ten AA motorbike outriders and a support Land Rover from the AA's flood rescue team will accompany celebrity riders on their gruelling trip.
(3 June 2014)

AA revs up for Goodwood
AA members have the chance to follow in the wheel tracks of motor racing stars like Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, from 26 to 29 June. The UK's biggest motoring organisation is a main partner at Goodwood, and will give 10,000 AA members exclusive access to the event.
(29 May 2014)

Easter travel 2014 – likely to be one of the busiest on the roads in recent years
This Easter is likely to be one of the busiest on the roads in recent years with mild weather replacing the snow and ice of last year, says the AA and traffic information specialist Trafficmaster.
(9 April 2014)

Flooding signage must be reviewed – too many drivers are ignoring road closure signs
Since 1 December, the AA has attended around 3,200 flood-stricken vehicles and the AA’s flood rescue team, AA Special Operations, is calling for a review of road signage around flooding and warning drivers of the penalties for ignoring them.
(6 February 2014)

Access to data and your car – motoring clubs bid to protect drivers’ privacy and control of data
Motoring organisations across Europe, including the AA, have launched a campaign to prevent real-time electronic data from car on-board systems being abused and any benefits being monopolised and controlled by a small number of businesses.
(22 January 2014)

Christmas 2013 travel advice – staggered getaway means fewer jams than recent years
While it may be wet and windy in places, drivers can take consolation that Christmas getaway traffic isn’t expected to be as heavy as normal, says the AA.
(19 December 2013)

Majority of UK drivers would endanger themselves by driving through moving flood water
More than half (54%) of UK drivers would endanger themselves and their vehicles by driving through moving flood water, according to a joint Environment Agency and AA survey. More than a quarter (27%) of respondents would drive through moving flood water deeper than 30cm - enough to move a car.
(27 November 2013)

40 years in Basingstoke – the AA's HQ, Fanum House was opened on 19 November 1973
It’s a familiar landmark to millions of drivers, rail passengers and even helicopter pilots. Fanum House, the Basingstoke Headquarters of the AA, was opened by the Queen 40 years ago today (19 November). The eighteen-storey (274 feet or 83.5m) tower block with its distinctive net of aluminium fins is the second-tallest building in Basingstoke and, in its day, was said to be the tallest building between London and New York.
(19 November 2013)

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