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This is what the AA has been saying in 2013
The AA is the UK’s leading breakdown service with more dedicated patrols than anyone else. We provide personal financial services including motor and home insurance, loans, credit card and savings, and we are the largest independent travel publisher in the UK.
We provide driver training for all with AA Driving School, The British School of Motoring (BSM) and with AA DriveTech for commercial drivers.
AA Public Affairs helps guide and shape motoring policy and campaigns on behalf of members and motorists.
AA Driving School and BSM to roll out cycle awareness module to all instructors
AA Driving School and BSM have committed to teach all new drivers cycle safety. An innovative training module to ensure a standardised approach to safe driving around cyclists will be rolled out. The move comes in the light of the AA’s commitment to breaking down the barriers between cyclists and motorists.
(24 May 2013)
Tony moves into fast lane - Warrington patrol crowned top in the country
Tony Rich from Warrington is hitting top gear after being crowned Patrol of the Year- the AA's top accolade for its roadside patrols across the country - at the AA Employee Awards held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow. In his new role, he will spend the next 12 months as the 'public face' of the company, representing the UK's biggest motoring organisation within the motor industry and before the media.
(20 May 2013)
Recovery patrol of the year -Malvern patrol crowned top in the country
Robert Jones from Malvern is moving into the fast lane after being crowned Recovery Patrol of the Year, the AA’s top accolade for its recovery patrols across the country. The 28-year-old joined the AA close to three years ago after previously working as an auto electrician. In his time, he's recovered all manner of cars from a 1920s Ford to the latest supercars.
(20 May 2013)
May fuel price update. Third petrol price spike ends – more to come?
A 3.5p-a-litre fall in the average pump price of petrol since mid April has signalled the end of the third big price swing in 12 months. But, with Tuesday’s International Energy Agency warning that traders and speculators are taking control of the European fuel market, it is unlikely to be the last, the new AA Fuel Price Report notes.
(17 May 2013)
Fixed penalties to increase - talking, texting and tweeting drivers face higher fixed penalty fines
The majority of drivers will welcome increased motoring fixed penalty fines to tackle those who use hand held mobile telephones when driving, according to the AA. Widespread illegal mobile phone use is often raised as a concern by AA members.
(13 May 2013)
Windscreen damage - pothole-ravaged roads contribute to 30% jump in windscreen damage
The UK’s pothole-ravaged roads have contributed to a 30% jump in windscreen damage this year, according to AA Glass. In addition, a new AA-Populus survey of 21,510 AA members found more than a third said their car had suffered a chipped (27%) or cracked (10%) windscreen in the last two years.
(6 May 2013)
AA Glass has it all wrapped up - AA patrols across UK now trained in emergency glass repairs
With around 300,000 vehicles broken into each year, AA Glass offers a market-leading response time of around 40 minutes as AA patrols are now trained in emergency glass repairs.
(2 May 2013)
House-hunters prefer pubs over gyms - AA survey details what movers look for in a new home
A report by the AA's Home Emergency Response Service shows that 41% of people want to live near a pub or restaurant, compared to just 21% who’d prefer sports facilities nearby.
(1 May 2013)
Pothole complaints – 18m drivers say they've spotted potholes but failed to report them
Councils may have been inundated with reports of potholes however 18 million drivers have spotted potholes but failed to report them, new AA research reveals. Drivers who have reported pot holes in UK roads are outnumbered three to one by those who would if they knew how.
(24 April 2013)
Young drivers road safety event - AA DriveTech announced as main sponsor
Young drivers will be putting their skills to the test at an interactive event designed to improve their safety. The Cross Border Road Safe Event for Young People is on Thursday, May 2nd, at the Bready Cricket Club in Magheramason, and aims to attract around 150 17-to-24-year-old drivers from across Counties Londonderry and Donegal.
(23 April 2013)
April fuel price report - average petrol price expected to fall to 134p a litre
A new crash in wholesale fuel prices is expected to lop another 3p off the average pump price of petrol within two to three weeks, according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report. The petrol price storm that started in January, helping to push the UK’s monthly petrol consumption to a record low in February, has finally blown itself out.
(19 April 2013)
Female car ownership thrives as vehicle growth struggles
Women drivers have registered their girl power by pushing their car ownership above 40% for the first time, according to new government statistics. Last year, across the UK, 9.8166 million women were registered with the DVLA as private car keepers compared to 14.5734 million men.
(11 April 2013)
Fuel sales trends - annual retail sales fall 3.5 billion litres in five years
Supermarket and non-supermarket fuel forecourts in the UK are dispensing 3.5 billion fewer litres of fuel than five years ago, AA research reveals.
(5 April 2013)
The European Health Insurance Card is essential - but not a substitute for travel insurance
Reasons for not taking out travel insurance range from forgetfulness to reliance on the free EHIC but this won’t cover you for medical repatriation or for lost or damaged property or delayed or cancelled flights.
(4 April 2013)
Petrol price fall grinds to a halt - drivers in many towns being charged £2 a tank more than in neighbouring towns
A fall in the UK’s average petrol price has ground to a halt just 2p below the year high of 140p a litre in early March. This is despite a 3p-4p fall in wholesale costs, with VAT, from late February into the middle of March.
(2 April 2013)
No flood cover solution in sight - flood insurance legislation unlikely before spring 2014
The AA says that finding a way to ensure continuing insurance cover for homes at risk of flooding is more urgent than ever.
(27 March 2013)
Messy Brits don't clean up their homes
British householders are so hopeless at cleaning their homes that even when they do, a third say they are messy again within a day, the AA's Home Emergency Response Service has found.
(27 March 2013)
Easter travel advice - this may turn into a ‘stay at home’ weekend as freezing conditions affect travel plans
Even before the extent of the current cold snap was known, the latest AA/Populus poll of 19,543 AA members revealed that 36% of respondents said they will not travel this Easter weekend and almost a third (32%) will decide at the last minute. In light of the cold weather, the AA expects many will remain at home or even arrange a last-minute break abroad.
(27 March 2013)
AA patrols and Land Rover crews spent weekend battling ‘warzone’ conditions - wintry weather expected to continue
The AA has attended more than 1,100 call-outs since Thursday to people who have got stuck in snow, ice or flood water. Over the weekend, patrols and Land Rover crews worked long hours in very demanding conditions to rescue members in rural areas who were sometimes virtually cut off.
(25 March 2013)
Breakdown update - AA likely to exceed 12,500 call-outs for the day with blizzard conditions in several areas
It was a challenging commute to work for many this morning with our Land Rover crews reporting blizzard conditions in several areas with some roads impassable and abandoned vehicles stuck in snowdrifts.
(22 March 2013)
Britain faces weekend whiteout – drivers should be well prepared and check travel reports before departing
There's going to be a real witch’s brew of driving wind, rain and snow this weekend which will inevitably cause disruption on the roads. Drivers should be well prepared as even short journeys can quickly turn bad.
(21 March 2013)