Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

How we're responding to coronavirus

We've taken steps to make sure we're ready if you need us

Updated 11 July 2022

Your safety is our priority, and we're still here for you. With restrictions still in place across the UK, we want to keep you updated on the steps we've taken for your safety, the safety of other Members and our staff.

Can I still get roadside assistance from the AA?

Our patrols are continuing to go out to breakdowns across the UK and we're taking extra care to follow health advice and the latest guidelines at all times.

If you're broken down now and don't have symptoms, haven't come into contact with the virus and aren't self-isolating, you can tell us about the problem online or use our app to report a breakdown.

If you have cover with us through your bank, you can tell us about the problem online.

If you have a business breakdown cover with us, you'll need to call us to report a breakdown on 03300 530 420.

What are you doing to keep me safe if I break down?

We're continuing to give as much help as we can over the phone, in our app and in the breakdown advice section of our site.

Our patrols will be social distancing when they arrive to help you and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

We're also cleaning our fleet more often than usual, in line with industry best practice. We've also installed new safety partitions into our recovery trucks and we'll have hand sanitiser available.

What if I have symptoms, have been diagnosed or am self-isolating from coronavirus?

Most importantly, follow the latest NHS advice. If you have symptoms, have come into contact with the virus or have been asked to self-isolate, we'll still be able to help you in most circumstances. Just call 03330 046 046 and let us know right away when you report your breakdown – we'll do as much as we can to help get your vehicle back on the road. Our team will let you know what you need to tell us.

What if my vehicle needs a MOT?

The Government has not suspended MOTs despite other restrictions across the UK, so having a valid MOT is still required by law unless your vehicle is declared off-road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). You'll find all you need on our dedicated MOT page.

Can I still book a MOT or service with Smart Care?

Smart Care is available for MOTs, services and vehicle checks. Our approved garages continue to follow the latest government guidelines and most offer a contact-free vehicle pick up service from any address and the rest of the process is all managed online.

If you have a booking and would like to either change or cancel it, log in to Smart Care or call us on 0330 018 3446.

What about driving rules and regulations?

For information on when you can drive, and advice on building up your confidence, take a look at our frequently asked questions on driving rules and regulations.

Will I still be covered by my European Breakdown Cover?

If you have European Breakdown Cover and break down in mainland Europe, our services should be available as normal – though may be affected by the local situation.

You should also check the Government's general travel advice before travelling.

What if I'm struggling to pay my monthly breakdown payment?

We're aware of the impact of the situation on some people's jobs and income.

If you have concerns about paying for your breakdown cover, get in touch as soon as possible on 0343 316 4444, and we can discuss the right option for you.

Am I still covered by my AA travel insurance?

If you need to make a new claim, contact your travel provider or tour operator first. They may be able to move your trip to a different date or provide you with a refund.

If your travel provider or tour operator can't resolve your booking, you can make a claim quickly by calling us on 0330 058 2991.

We're constantly listening to your feedback and have been answering your questions.

What if I have a question about my AA car or home insurance?

If you need to update your car or home insurance details, please get in touch with us.

You can make a car insurance claim here, or for a home insurance claim the contact details are in your statement of insurance.

Are driving lessons with AA Driving School or BSM still going ahead or do I need to cancel?

National and regional driving restrictions have an impact on our lessons. To see the advice most relevant to your local area visit our dedicated advice page.

Can I get help with finance products like mortgages, loans and savings?

For our mortgage, savings, loans and other financial services products, we're getting more calls than usual and have had to make some changes to our call centre opening times. If you have questions you can find help, as well as any further updates, on our financial services advice page.

Can I still use Smart Benefits with my breakdown cover?

Members can access all of their benefits as usual. Some of our benefits might not be available if there are national and regional restrictions. Go to the Smart Benefit home page for full details.

What about my other AA products and services?

If you need our Fuel Assist, Key Assist or Battery Assist services, you might find it's more difficult to book a slot than usual. If you've been diagnosed with or come into contact with coronavirus, you'll need to call us on 03330 046 046. We'll do our best to help you as soon as possible.

For vehicle inspections, following government guidance we won't be able to offer inspections for at least the next 3 weeks. We'll provide more details as soon as they are available.

For any other services from us, it's likely to be business as usual, but if you're unsure, get in touch with us.

What if I need help looking after my vehicle while it's off the road?

Whether you're driving less, or using it instead of public transport, it's important to look after your car while you're at home. Take a look at our top 3 tips for car maintenance and other things you can do to look after your car whether you're driving regularly or not.

How are you keeping your call centre staff and patrols safe?

We're seeing increased demand on our services. This could mean you could have a longer wait, but as much as possible we want to keep delivering the high standard of service you expect.

We've given our teams extra support and guidance to help them deal with the unique situations that might pop up. That way, we can find the best solution for you, whatever your circumstances.

There's been more regular, deep cleaning at all of our sites, constant attention on good health practices for our patrols and limited travel within the organisation.

What if I have more questions?

Our team is focusing on supporting Members in breakdown situations. We may have less staff able to help you with your account over the phone, but you can still get help online.

If you have breakdown cover with us, you can:

If you have home insurance or car insurance with us, you can log in to your account to check your cover.

What happens next?

Our planning is constantly being updated in line with the latest advice from the government and the NHS as we monitor the situation. We'll continue to update this page with further information.