Welcome to the Summer issue of
The AA Magazine
If you’ve ever had to call out an AA Patrol, you will know what an outstanding service they provide. Chances are yours was a fairly standard scenario – flat battery, puncture, something like that.
But not every job is ordinary and some are anything but. It’s those more memorable ones which form the basis of the AA’s clever new TV advert, which you might have seen by now. Playing on the fact that an AA Patrol has the training and experience to deal with any situation, it’s an amusing take on how some real-life breakdowns are destined to become Saturday night pub stories. We’ve had an exclusive look behind the scenes to see how the ad was shot.
Also in the issue, we’ve put a twist on our celebrity driving lesson. When we heard Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams had a secret passion for rallying, we thought it was a great opportunity to give her some behind-the-wheel coaching with a difference. Turns out she’s a natural.
Talking of highly respected sports stars, our guest columnist is legendary pro cyclist Chris Boardman. As a former Olympic champion and Tour de France yellow jersey winner, you won’t be surprised to learn that his opinion on how we should improve our urban areas involves bikes. What’s striking is that he’s not just plugging two-wheelers, but is far more interested in the bigger picture.
Part of that is road safety, a theme which is common to both our ‘Next Big Thing’ stories this issue. Glow-in-the-dark cars and an innovative new tyre pressure monitoring system have the potential to save lives if they’re adopted into mainstream motoring. That can only be a good thing.
Speaking of which, getting something for nothing is always a winner with me. Summer is traditionally the season of travel and our expert writer Sophie Butler has some top tips on finding free days out for you and yours during July and August.
As ever, we’d love your feedback or ideas for stories. We’ll be back in the autumn with another issue packed full of interesting features and competitions. Thanks for reading and stay safe.
Editor, The AA Magazine
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