AA Press Releases

2007

 

 

(31 December 2007) Busiest day for breakdowns

Around 45,000 motorists in England and Wales are expected to wake up with a motoring New Year hangover on Wednesday morning (2 January), as their cars fail to get off the starting blocks for the return to work – but up to half of them could be prevented.

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(27 December 2007) 2007 in the 'Review' Mirror

The last 12 months has been a trying time for British motorists. First came the contaminated fuel scare in February and then the fuel price broke the £1 barrier in November. As 2007 draws to a close the UK's leading breakdown organisation is taking a look back in the rear view mirror at the last 12 months on the nation's bumpy roads.

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(20 December 2007) Fuel prices stall as driver tolerance begins to snap

Soaring road fuel prices have finally stalled after three months of constant rise that saw the cost of petrol rise seven per cent and diesel 11 per cent, says the AA. However, strikes in French refineries and military action on the Turkish-Iraq border suggest that prices could remain volatile in the short-term.

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(20 December 2007) 53 miles of roadworks to be lifted in time for the Christmas

In an announcement welcomed by the AA, The Highways Agency has confirmed that almost two thirds of major roadworks on England's motorways and major A roads will be completed or suspended for the Christmas and New Year holiday before 6am on Friday (21 December).

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(19 December 2007) AA reveals festive fun involves staying put for 2/3 of Brits

As the UK gears up for the 2007 Christmas getaway, new research from the AA highlights the route ahead for Christmas driving as well as the true festive feelings of British motorists.

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(10 December 2007) Edmund King appointed President of the AA

The AA today confirmed a key appointment - that of President to be held by Edmund King who takes up the post early in the New Year.

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(10 December 2007) 12 Days of Christmas - advice for a breakdown free festive season

This Christmas, the AA will help the 22 million British motorists expected on the nation's roads to avoid spending the festive season on the hard shoulder, with a roadside version of Christmas classic, '12 Days of Christmas', filled with top tips for merry motoring.

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(05 December 2007) Worried about a younger driver? - 10 tips to help

Only a significant minority of young drivers could be considered to be unsafe drivers but it isn't always inexperience - deliberate bad driving, aimed at either "impressing" friends or gaining a thrill through risk taking is a serious concern.

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(30 November 2007) Christmas drink drive campaign

This year's Christmas drink driving televison campaign is now in full swing – with the barman leaning forward and asking "Yes sir?", bursting into a catalogue of the possible consequences of drink driving, before finishing with "So, what's it going to be?"

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(16 November 2007) November Fuel Price Report

Runaway oil prices, coinciding with a fire at the Coryton refinery, have seen average UK petrol and diesel prices break through the £1-a-litre barrier for the first time in the nation's history, according to the AA's latest mid-monthly Fuel Price Report.

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(07 November 2007) AA launches new service for drivers who fill with the wrong fuel

It's estimated that at least 150,000 drivers misfuel each year – one every three and a half minutes – generating around 7.5 million litres of contaminated fuel. AA Fuel Assist is a specialist roadside service that drains, flushes and replenishes vehicle fuel systems on the spot, saving the customer both time, money and inconvenience.

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(29 October 2007) Car insurance rule change could catch unwary drivers

From 1 January, insurers must register customers' insurance details on the Motor Insurance Database (MID) within seven days, rather than the current 14. This means that customers who do not renew their cover before expiry of their existing cover, perhaps through simple oversight, could find themselves being stopped by police on suspicion of being uninsured.

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(26 October 2007) Clocks go back this weekend - AA road safety advice

Next week will see motorists return to commuting home in the dark as the clocks go back. However, for around 400,000 new drivers this will be the first time they have had to do this commute with their lights on and for some could be the first time they have regularly driven in the dark.

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(25 October 2007) Active Traffic Management

The AA supports the Active Traffic Management scheme on the M42 as it has gained drivers' support, eased congestion, improved journey reliability and made driving more comfortable.

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(24 October 2007) Tips to avoid a fireworks fiasco this November

The cost of 'uncovered' property in UK gardens this bonfire night could be up to £780m, according to recent research by AA Home Insurance, meaning it's not just the pets that should be protected. Is your garden covered if Guy Fawkes celebrations get out of hand?

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(18 October 2007) Diesel price hits new record

The average price of UK diesel has hit a record high of 99.95 pence per litre and looks set to continue rising, according to the latest mid-month AA Fuel Price Report.

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(17 October 2007) What to do if you have a motorway breakdown

The AA attends almost 3,000 breakdowns on the UK's motorways each week. Many motorists calling to report a breakdown are unaware of what to do in the event of breaking down on a motorway. Confusion seems to exist in areas from how to exit a car safely, to how to identify exactly where you are.

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(9 October 2007) AA response to today's pre-budget report

With drivers today paying a record price for diesel, £5 more to fill up a petrol car compared to a year ago and oil prices hitting new highs this autumn, we are disappointed that the Chancellor didn't commit to review the amount of duty due to be paid by hard-pressed families and business next April and beyond.

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(8 October 2007) Older Drivers - making them less of a grey area

Three-quarters of men in their 70s now hold a driving licence, 50 per cent up on 20 years ago, new figures show. And within another 20 years, 90 per cent of men aged over 70 will still be behind the wheel. To help better understand this growing area of British motoring, the AA has produced a 10-point guide and fact sheet for anyone concerned about an ageing driver.

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(5 October 2007) Eco-driving can reduce the cost of motoring

The real benefits of 'green' driving came into sharp focus this week when competitors in the 2007 AA/ALD Automotive MPG Marathon proved beyond doubt that skilful eco-driving can dramatically reduce the cost of motoring and cut the amount of CO2 emissions produced by Britain's 30 million motorists.

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(25 September 2007) Motorway roadworks survey 2007

Motorway roadworks in the UK remain the safest and best managed in Europe, according to this year's AA survey of how well major highway repairs are organised in 11 countries across the Continent.

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(20 September 2007) Fuel duty rise to add to petrol price woe

This month's fuel price report shows that petrol prices are not falling as they normally do at this time of year. A fuel duty rise is set to go ahead on Monday 1 October, the highest rise in fuel duty since March 2000. Combined with the duty rise last December, UK families with two cars will be hit with a tax rise that is nearly twice that of this year's average council tax increase.

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(10 September 2007) Unparalleled Parliamentary praise for MPG marathon event

The 2007 AA/ALD MPG Marathon has received unparalleled Parliamentary praise as two Government Ministers have endorsed the environmental and economic messages the event will send to UK drivers. The marathon, which takes place on 3-4 October, has also won all-party support for its attempt to raise awareness of Eco-driving.

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(30 August 2007) UK drivers don't share Euro enthusiasm for safety gizmos

UK drivers, compared to others in Europe, are among the least switched on to the attraction of sophisticated electronic safety in their cars. Only real-time traffic information fires up their desire, research for the AA shows.

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(22 August 2007) August fuel price report

If there has been anything unexceptional about this summer, it is the start of the usual late summer petrol price war between supermarkets. Asda has ratcheted up the pressure on the others by dropping its petrol price across the board to 91.9 pence per litre and, as the AA's Fuel Price Report went to print, the others were still at least two pence adrift on their average price.

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(22 August 2007) Optimistic Brits are planning Bank Holiday at the beach

Despite a wash out summer, the AA reveals that the roads this weekend will be as busy as they were during last summer's Bank Holiday scorcher, with an estimated 18 million vehicles travelling over 77 miles each to enjoy their last chance for a summer break.

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(20 August 2007) Wake up call for drivers

New research by the AA reveals that nearly two-thirds of British motorists (63%) are not taking effective breaks when travelling long distances - which could lead to fatal accidents caused by tiredness.

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(7 August 2007) Car hire firms leave tourists stranded

A survey of 57 car hire companies across the Mediterranean found that 20 of them failed to provide a breakdown number to call in case of emergencies. And 36 of the firms failed to provide car manuals to explain the basics, such as jacking points, tyre pressures or dashboard warning lights.

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(1 August 2007) Car keys and kids – a recipe for disaster

In 2006 the AA rescued over 1500 children who had accidentally been locked in cars – the equivalent of 4 children a day. The first three months of 2007 alone saw over 400 children rescued. Locking a child in a car is traumatic for both the child and parent – and in hot weather can be extremely dangerous.

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(18 July 2007) 'Nearly there' is a place 93 miles from home

As schools break up for the summer and families across the country load their cars up for their summer holidays, cries of "are we nearly there yet?" will be chorused by over a million children. To help save parents' sanity, the AA has conducted research to find the best way to avoid reaching that breaking point. And the solution? Applying the 'break' rule every 1 hour 45 minutes or 93 miles.

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(11 July 2007) Latest Motorway Services Survey – UK sites improve, but at a price

UK motorway service areas, the worst in Europe three years ago, are showing signs of turning the corner on quality, an AA survey reveals. They offer some of the best motorway shopping facilities in Europe, but it is a lottery as to whether travellers will pay a fair price or be stung.

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(20 July 2007) July fuel price report

Fuel prices in mid-July are at a pivotal point: caught between lower wholesale prices and oil prices that are nudging the record high. Since the start of July, petrol and diesel prices in the UK have fallen by a quarter of a penny while crude oil prices have shot up 10 per cent to beyond $78 a barrel. How these high oil prices impact on UK forecourt prices in coming weeks is a source of concern.

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(11 July 2007) Latest motorway services survey –UK sites improve, but at a price

UK motorway service areas, the worst in Europe three years ago, are showing signs of turning the corner on quality, an AA survey reveals. They offer some of the best motorway shopping facilities in Europe, but it is a lottery as to whether travellers will pay a fair price or be stung.

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(2 July 2007) Car insurance premiums reach all-time high

Average quoted premiums for comprehensive car insurance have more than doubled over the past 13 years: third party premiums have broken the £1,000 barrier for the first time, according to the latest AA British Insurance Premium Index for the second quarter of 2007. However, home insurance premiums have fallen slightly over the past quarter although AA Insurance does not believe the recent spate of flood claims will have a significant short-term effect on premiums

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(29 June 2007) AA bans 'motorspeak' as patrols trained in plain English

With cars getting more complex and owners less familiar with their workings, technical problems are becoming harder for motorists to understand according to the AA who have teamed up with plain speaking motoring guru Jon Bentley to kickstart a drive to limit the use of 'motorspeak' and instead use no-nonsense English.

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(25 June 2007) Saga and the AA agree to establish a new holding company

It is announced today that a new company will be created, which will bring together Saga and the AA, two of the UK's strongest and most trusted brands. The transaction values the combined Group at £6.15 billion: the AA at £3.35 billion and Saga at £2.8 billion.

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(20 June 2007) Petrol price rises hit plateau

Petrol price rises have levelled off and, for now, the cost of a litre is averaging 96.98 pence across the UK - more than a penny higher than at the same time last year, the AA's Fuel Price Report reveals. Diesel, which started the year five pence more expensive than petrol, now averages at 97.38 pence per litre and matches the price of petrol at many filling stations.

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(20 June 2007) Study reveals true worth of White Van Man

Leering drivers, dirty vans and bad driving – for ten years white van men have been victims of jokes and social stereotypes, ever since the term was coined by Sarah Kennedy on BBC Radio 2. However, a new study today dispels the clichés and reveals that drivers of vans owned by small businesses are diligent and hard working with average yearly earnings of £21,000.

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(15 June 2007) Wet Weather advice

With 39 flood warnings from the Met Office in force and more heavy rain forecast for this evening and tomorrow, the AA is advising motorists to be wary of flood water and only drive as fast as conditions allow.

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(13 June 2007) Following in Dad's footsteps

Paul and Peter Walsh from Hessle in Hull are both dedicated to their family and their jobs. So much so that when an opportunity arose for Peter to follow in his dad's career footsteps, he jumped at the chance to become an AA patrol.

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(8 June 2007) Response to BBC Money Programme

The BBC Money Programme on the AA on Friday, June 8, omitted a number of important facts about the service we as an organisation provide to our 15 million members.

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(6 June 2007) Motoring Costs 2007–motorists worse off this summer

Annual running costs for a petrol car in the UK, calculated at the start of the new financial year, went up on average 2.75 pence per mile, AA Motoring Costs 2007 reveal. Compared to the same time last year, it now costs £77 more to keep a typical small family car on the road.

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(1 June 2007) Alternative fuels – Biodiesel and Bioethanol

In the search for alternative fuels or ways to improve existing fuels, fuel technologies have looked to bio-sources, alongside other technologies such as fuel cells, hydrogen and LPG. By virtue of development and use in other countries, two particular biofuels are being offered in the UK: bioethanol and biodiesel.

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(23 May 2007) road pricing trials

A rushed bidding process for Transport Innovation Funds threatens to leave public opinion in the dust, which could be disastrous for the success of the trials and road pricing as a whole, says the AA.

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(23 May 2007) Winners announced for the 2007 B&B Awards

The AA is delighted to announce the winners for the AA B&B Awards 2007. Previously known as Landlady of the Year, this coveted awards event includes for this year, three fresh new categories: Friendliest Landlady, Funkiest B&B, and Family Friendly B&B.

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(23 May 2007) Rain won't stop play this spring bank holiday

The unsettled and wet weather forecast for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend will not put off motorists, according to the AA. The UK's largest motoring organisation estimates that 18 million vehicles will hit the road this weekend.

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(17 May 2007) Adam moves into fast lane as AA Patrol of the year

Formula 1 nut Adam Ashmore from Manchester is hitting top gear after being crowned Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA's roadside patrols – at the recent AA Employee Awards, held near Silverstone.

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(17 May 2007) AA announces its top recovery patrol

Gary Kelly from Streatham, London is celebrating after being crowned Recovery Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA's recovery patrols – at the recent AA Employee Awards, held near Silverstone.

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(17 May 2007) Brits going green – millions preparing to ditch air travel

A week before May bank holiday airport madness kicks off another summer holiday season, new research by AA Personal Loans gives the first indication of the possible carbon backlash on holiday travel plans this summer and points towards a welcome boom to the UK tourism industry.

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(9 May 2007) Drivers risk falling down the cracks of stagnant road maintenance spending

Potholes, missing road markings, signs hidden in bushes and drains that are blocked even before it rains are the indicators of a nation's inability to do any more than shore up the cracks of an ailing road maintenance programme, says the AA.

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(1 May 2007) Motorists caught short on the hard shoulder

More than half of UK motorists (52%) are putting themselves at risk by using the motorway's hard shoulder for non-emergency reasons, according to new research by the AA.

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(30 April 2007) Tunnel tests 2007 – Mersey road tunnel outshines younger euro-rivals

Mersey Queensway Tunnel, by far the oldest of 51 road tunnels inspected across Europe this year, has kept pace with increasingly demanding safety standards in the latest Euro Tunnel Assessment Programme (EuroTAP) survey.

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(27 April 2007) The AA has attended its 100 millionth breakdown

One of 15 million members, Crystal Walter (25) from Earl's Court, London, made history when she called out the AA after her Renault Clio failed to start.

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(2 April 2007) AA uploads basic car check podcasts

With around 18 million cars expected on UK roads this Easter weekend, the AA warns that 70% of motorists risk unnecessary breakdowns due to a lack of simple maintenance checks. Research by the AA reveals that one in ten motorists are unable to make simple car care checks at all, while over two-thirds (68%) aren't making these key inspections regularly enough.

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(22 March 2007) AA budget response

The doubling of the band G road tax in the next two years breaks the understanding that this tax usually moves with inflation or to signal change, rather than punish. The acceptance of the AA's call for removal of the road tax surcharge on diesel (nearly 40 per cent of cars in the UK) is welcome, and rewards drivers who have invested around £1,000 extra to buy cars that use up to 20 per cent less fuel. However, a £15 increase in road tax for petrol bands C to F is cynical.

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(20 March 2007) Parents still confused about child seat law

Six months after the introduction of regulations governing child car seats, new research from the AA reveals that the majority of parents are still confused about the change in the law.

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(20 March 2007) AA budget submission

On the eve of the budget, AA research shows that four out of five UK drivers put making financial ends meet ahead of environmental concerns in their list of motoring priorities. This is despite a range of national and local politicians citing global warming as reason for imposing increased charges and taxes on car owners.

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(16 March 2007) March 2007 fuel price report

Supermarket reaction to contaminated petrol, that damaged thousands of cars in the South East, may well have softened the financial blow to millions more motorists from rising oil prices and petrol shortages in the United States, the AA's fuel price report for March indicates.

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(22 February 2007) February 2007 fuel price report

Crude oil prices have risen slightly over the last month from $53 and now trade at around $58 a barrel. This price was last seen in October 2006. Overall, however fuel prices at the pump have fallen this month.

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(8 February 2007) Motorists like it hot

UK motorists are unprepared for the freezing driving conditions this week according to new research commissioned by the AA. A quarter of motorists head out in their vehicles wearing just a t-shirt, regardless of the temperature outside.

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(31 January 2007) Richmond parking permit tax is beyond any sense of fairness

A supposed environmental tax that charges a large family hundreds of pounds to park their car on the road, while a neighbour can park the biggest-engined vehicle on a driveway and pay nothing, destroys any sense of fair play, says the AA.

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(25 January 2007) Ring Fence Winter Maintenance Budgets

The Salt Manufacturers' Association and the AA are calling for local authorities to ring fence their winter maintenance budgets. The joint plea follows recent announcements by several local authorities that they are intending to cut back on their winter highways maintenance programme in order to channel funds into other areas.

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(19 January 2007) January 2007 fuel price report

Petrol prices continue to fall below levels last seen in the early summer of 2005, having dropped nearly a penny a litre since the start of the year, the AA's fuel price report for January reveals. Across the UK, a litre of petrol now costs on average 87.5 pence.

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