130,000 Motor Breakdowns Reported to AA in 2020

A country-wide analysis of over 130,000 breakdowns attended to by AA Ireland has revealed that motorists are continuing to wrangle with worn-out batteries and electrical faults, which combined caused almost one in four breakdowns reported to AA Rescue this year. According to recent figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, new car sales… Continue reading 130,000 Motor Breakdowns Reported to AA in 2020

9% of Motorists Admit Kids Are Driving Distraction

The AA is urging motorists to take all precautions necessary when travelling with children as back-to-school season gets underway, after 9% of drivers admitted to having been involved in collisions or near-misses while attending to a child in the car. An AA survey of almost 11’000 motorists found that 7.5% of drivers had been involved in… Continue reading 9% of Motorists Admit Kids Are Driving Distraction

MOTORING COSTS: INSURANCE RISE WIPES OUT PUMP PRICE GAIN

The average cost of running a family car for a year is €10,593.60 according to the AA’s annual survey of motoring costs. The total is down a very tiny €17.60 on the same figure for last year according to the AA’s calculations. The major rise in the cost of motor insurance has cost motorists dearly.… Continue reading MOTORING COSTS: INSURANCE RISE WIPES OUT PUMP PRICE GAIN

30% of parents less likely to smoke while kids in the car

30% of parents in Ireland are less likely to smoke while their children are in the car, according to AA Motor Insurance. The revelation comes after the AA polled nearly 2,000 customers on how likely they would be to modify a range of habits while their kids are in tow. “I think it tells us… Continue reading 30% of parents less likely to smoke while kids in the car

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?

Beware of falling squirrels! Squirrel caused €7000 motor insurance claim.

Our colleagues in the UK AA Motor Insurance team dealt with a rather unusual claim recently involving a squirrel.  The falling animal dropped into the open topped vehicle of one of their female customers causing her to loose control in sheer fright and swerve into a tree.  To catch the full story online click here.

Equality and Fairness are not the same thing (European Court of Justice gender ruling)

If you listen to a lot of media chattering in Ireland you would think that Equality and Fairness mean the same thing. The two words are used interchangeably by occupants of that very crowded space they call the High Moral Ground. But in fact the words have very different meanings. This is about to be… Continue reading Equality and Fairness are not the same thing (European Court of Justice gender ruling)

"AA Roundaboutwatch" with the Mooney Show – Listen in this afternoon from 3pm

Conor does Roundaboutwatch: Conor braved the elements this morning with some of The Mooney Show crew to do a little detective work at the Spawell Roundabout, Templeogue, Dublin.  And what was he looking out for? How drivers were behaving on the roundabout!  To find out how he got on and what they saw (and it wasn’t pretty!) tune into… Continue reading "AA Roundaboutwatch" with the Mooney Show – Listen in this afternoon from 3pm

AA advises Christmas shoppers to be wary of smash-and-grab thieves

Dubs most vigilant when it comes to car security In the countdown to Christmas AA Motor Insurance is warning frazzled shoppers not to leave presents or other valuables in the main cabin of their car when dropping off items mid shopping spree.   This advice while seasonal, is delivered against the backdrop of the AA’s latest… Continue reading AA advises Christmas shoppers to be wary of smash-and-grab thieves

Most motorists favour tougher penalties for Mobile Phone use

Irish motorists have little sympathy for drivers who use their mobiles according to research from AA Motor Insurance. In a survey of over 16,000 AA customers, 58.4% wanted to see a higher number of penalty points for the offence. Two thirds of respondents wanted to see heftier fines for those who can’t kick the habit.… Continue reading Most motorists favour tougher penalties for Mobile Phone use