News Index

2011

26 July 2011

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Roadside roulette - the cost of driving without breakdown cover this summer
You could be in for an expensive shock if your car breaks down without cover this summer as arranging one-off emergency assistance from a garage costs up to six times as much as annual roadside assistance - last year drivers without cover spent an average of £172.67 calling out a garage and getting their car fixed.
(22 July 2011)


Summer getaway - expect a busy weekend on the roads
Drivers can expect a 50% increase in journey times on popular routes today and over the weekend as the majority of schools in England and Wales break up for summer, according to AA Roadwatch.
(22 July 2011)


July fuel prices - yo-yo prices offer little respite
Over the past month (to mid-July) UK average petrol prices dropped nearly 2.5p before surging back almost 2p in the past fortnight, according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report.
(18 July 2011)


Atlas vs sat nav - atlas users less likely to get lost
The younger drivers who rely on modern technology for their navigational needs are the most prone to loosing their way, while those relying on atlases are most accomplished at route planning.
(13 July 2011)


Dedicated police insurance fraud unit welcomed
Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and costs around £16 million pounds a week so the AA's insurance director, Simon Douglas, has warmly welcomed the formation of a dedicated 35-strong insurance fraud unit by the City of London Police.
(12 July 2011)


Summer drink driving - new campaign launched
There are more temptations to drink and drive in the summer months with the lighter evenings, festivals, barbecues and garden parties, as well as holidays. So we're continuing our joint anti drink driving campaign with Pernod Ricard UK to encourage people to 'accept responsibility' when it comes to drinking and driving this summer.
(8 July 2011)


Petrol and diesel sales drop by one billion litres in Q1
Filling stations sold one billion litres less petrol and diesel in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in pre-credit crunch 2008. Milder weather, including the ninth warmest February on record, means that snow disruption was barely a factor.
(27 June 2011)


Keith Miller crowned breakdown patrol of the year 2011
Car nut Keith Miller from Burgess Hill, West Sussex is the AA's 2011 roadside Patrol of the Year. Local managers nominate roadside patrols for the award every year and shortlisted finalists are put through an intensive day of technical and driving tests, panel interview and mock live TV interviews at the AA's training centre in Leicestershire.
(24 June 2011)


Glastonbury 2011 - How to tackle car park mud
AA patrols have already been in the thick of it at Glastonbury helping festival goers in the car parks. To help those struggling to escape the mud afterwards, our Land Rover crews have put together some tips - with light-hearted music suggestions to pass the time.
(21 June 2011)


The Great British Motorist - 150,000 drivers tell it like it is
The AA's Great British Motorist report looks at motoring opinion since the start of the Coalition Government. Some 200 questions have been asked, ranging from serious motoring issues like drink drive limits (the majority support lower limits) to the best song to drive to ('Bat out of hell').
(17 June 2011)


Petrol and diesel prices back on the rise
The latest AA Fuel Price Report shows that, although mid-June's average UK petrol price is almost penny a litre lower than a month ago, it has gone up a third of a penny in the past week.
(16 June 2011)


AA Streetwatch - 5% of drivers still not belting up according to latest survey
AA Streetwatchers logged 40,000 vehicles making this the biggest-ever street survey of driver behaviour carried out in the UK. A total of 4.92% of drivers observed in the survey were not wearing a seatbelt.
(9 June 2011)


Level crossings - more drivers taking illegal and dangerous risks
Remarkably an increasing number of drivers are taking illegal and dangerous risks at level crossings. Network Rail has said near-misses with trains increased from 140 in 2009 to 161 last year - a jump of 15%. On International Level Crossing Awareness Day the AA is taking the opportunity to warn drivers against playing Russian Roulette on crossings.
(9 June 2011)