What is Car Free Day Supposed to Achieve?

I’m baffled. I know that I come from a biased standpoint as the spokesman for the AA but I still can’t figure out the answer. Why exactly is it a good thing for a day to be ‘car free’? What is it supposed to achieve? Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn is pushing the old idea again.… Continue reading What is Car Free Day Supposed to Achieve?

We’re hiring – Have you got the tools for the job?

The AA is looking to recruit two Rescue Patrols in the Ennis area of Co. Clare and in the Mitchelstown/Fermoy area of Co. Cork. The successful applicant will contribute to the operations of the AA’s road services and will attend to breakdowns of AA Member’s vehicles. This role will include weekend and Public Holiday work.… Continue reading We’re hiring – Have you got the tools for the job?

The Essential Guide To Your Child’s Car Seat

The AA is warning all parents and child minders to make sure children are safely secured in the car. Advice from The AA, released today, offers motorists who transport children helpful tips on buying, fitting and securing child car seats. “According to the Road Safety Authority, about three out of every four child car seats… Continue reading The Essential Guide To Your Child’s Car Seat

What Is Ireland’s Most Popular Car Name?

Betsy is the most popular nickname for Irish cars according to an AA Motor Insurance survey of over 15,400 people. It was by far the most popular nickname with 5 times more cars called Betsy than any other nickname. The second favourite name Irish people have for their car is Baby, this was followed by… Continue reading What Is Ireland’s Most Popular Car Name?

The AA Rescue App wins the Award for 'Best App for fast moving people'

Our AA Rescue App has won the Irish Internet Association’s (IIA) Dot ie Net Visionary Award for ‘Best App for fast moving people’. We are delighted to win this award and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the IIA. The AA Rescue App allows users to contact our Rescue Centre. You can… Continue reading The AA Rescue App wins the Award for 'Best App for fast moving people'

Car driver? Shame on you, you planet-burner

You may not be aware of it but amongst other agencies Ireland has a National Transport Authority. In existence since 2009, that body regulates taxis and licenses bus routes. It also works in the broadest sense to promote public transport and sustainability. It is part regulator, part think tank and part research house. This week… Continue reading Car driver? Shame on you, you planet-burner

Proposed on-the-spot fines for cyclists – What do you think?

We asked our Twitter and Facebook followers what they felt about proposed on-the-spot fines for cyclists who behave dangerously. It’s clearly a divisive issue. Here’s a sample of the comments we received: Chris Carpenter I welcome it. As someone who rides every day it drives me nuts to see cyclists break red lights – you… Continue reading Proposed on-the-spot fines for cyclists – What do you think?

Dublin Road Traffic Glossary

This was sent into us by Professor Peter Simons from the Philosophy Department in Trinity College Dublin. His observations of street life in Dublin are very entertaining and meant to be taken as light amusement.  131: the number after 12 in the Irish car registration year number series. The reasoning appears to be that superstitious… Continue reading Dublin Road Traffic Glossary

Fall in new cars licensed but a rise in more affordable diesel cars

With purse-strings becoming ever tighter, there are less of us buying new cars. This is plain to see in the latest CSO figures, which show that there was a decrease of 39.9% in new private cars licensed in June 2013, compared to June 2012. New cars have shown a serious decline over the last few years. In fact,… Continue reading Fall in new cars licensed but a rise in more affordable diesel cars

Born-again bikers a danger to themselves

Motorbikes are dangerous. You hardly needed the AA to tell you that but there are plenty of people out there who jump on powerful bikes with very little appreciation of the dangers. Bike riders are extremely vulnerable on the roads. If I’m a little dopy one morning in city traffic I could make a concentration… Continue reading Born-again bikers a danger to themselves