AA Breakdown Cover: A Friend in Need to Ensure you a Safe Journey

While you are on the go, your vehicle can breakdown, due to mechanical problem and these situations can be really frustrating, especially when it occurs at an inconvenient time. You may have to wait for a considerable amount of time to find help or search for a mechanic with the least hope of possibility to find an actual one nearby. So basically, vehicle problems on the move can create sudden difficulty along with imposing a mental and financial strain.

AA Breakdown Cover is the perfect solution to address this issue effectively. Here, in this post, you will find all the important information related to AA breakdown cover. To know more, keep reading.

What is AA Breakdown Cover?

AA breakdown cover gives you peace of mind while you are travelling, providing you with roadside assistance in case you break down. The name ‘AA’ originates from the parent insurer organisation Automobile Association Developments Limited that provides insurance for vehicles under the trade name of AA breakdown services. After purchasing, you are covered immediately, and you will get an AA membership card within 28 days. However, AA offers its services only within the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. 

How to contact in case of breakdown:

If you have AA membership and your car breaks down on the road, you can directly dial the emergency AA breakdown number for assistance 24*7. After dialing, provide them your membership number and pinpoint your exact location. Representatives from AA will arrive as early as possible and try to repair your vehicle on the spot. If it becomes difficult to repair on the spot, they will take your car to the nearby registered garage and provide you alternate transport.

Basic features of AA breakdown cover:

Roadside assistance: If your car breaks down more than 0.25 miles from your residence, AA will provide roadside assistance where they will try to fix your car on the spot. If unable, they will repair your car on the nearby AA affiliated garage and provide transportation for up to 7 passengers.

Relay: It means AA will recover you wherever you are within the UK, if they fail to recover your car on the spot or provide a quick nearby repair. This is valid 24*7, right after opening your account with AA.

Home start: This benefit is the same as roadside assistance, except it covers your vehicle if you are within 0.25 miles of your home. 

Types of vehicles that AA covers:

  1. i) Vehicles irrespective of its age or mileage come under AA cover.
  2. ii) The maximum weight limit for vehicles is 3,500 kg.

iii) The breadth of the vehicles should not cross 2.55 m.

  1. iv) The vehicle types that AA cover includes are car, bike, minibus, caravan, motor home, etc.
  2. v) If you use your vehicle for passenger, goods delivery, or for commercial purposes, you will not come under parts and garage cover.
  3. vi) If you have requirements of cover for a business fleet of vehicles, you can opt for business breakdown cover.

Reasons why you should choose AA breakdown coverage:

  1. i) AA has a remarkable customer satisfaction rate. More than 95% of customer reviews recommended AA.
  2. ii) Independent quality evaluation organization Defaqto has awarded it with 5 stars.

iii) AA is the biggest breakdown company in the UK, with strong manpower of 2,900 mechanics.

  1. iv) On average, they fix 8 cars out of 10 on the spot.
  2. v) The skilled experts of AA rescue someone in every 9 seconds.

 

Tips to Increase Your Child’s Safety in the Car

Having a child no longer means you have to be tied at home until he or she is able to take care of themselves in various situations. Nowadays you and the new baby can enjoy a trip, you can have a nice family day outside in the park, or you can simply take them grocery shopping.

All these are possible because we now have safer cars, better roads, and ways to make sure the baby will be safe in the car. Here is where the car seat comes in, and even though some adults don’t seem to believe its amazing powers, this device will make your life easier.

This is true because the baby is securely strapped in the seat, which is tightly attached to the car’s regular seat, creating a protective cocoon from which your vivacious kid can’t escape by mistake. Furthermore, the seat will protect your fragile child in the case of an accident, keeping their head, neck and spine in alignment.

These aspects are very important, especially for a baby, and you can learn more about how a special car seat can protect your beloved children by taking a look at this amazingly detailed infographic below:

car seat info

Safety First with Volvo

When buying a new car what are the top features you look for? Maybe a sleek design, killer stereo? IF you have a family neither of those come before safety. Above all else you should know that your car is one of the safest on the roads and today we are going to look at a few safety features which could set your car a step about he rest and might one day, your deity of choice forbid, save your life.

1) What are the bones of your beast made from? Without a strong frame how can your car hope to survive a collision with a shopping cart let alone anything else on four wheels. The new XC90 from Volvo features over 40 per cent hot formed boron steel which increases strength significantly without adding mass or weight to the vehicle what this means is more zoom less boom.
2) How will your car keep you safe while on the road? Why the new Volvos come with Forward Collision Warning which is an accident avoidance system. It scans all objects within 500 feet in front of your car and if an accident is imminent it warns you and prepares the brakes. It can even brake for you should the situation require it. So instead of keeping you safe in an accident it keep you from getting into them in the first place.
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Traveling with the Kia Soul

When is a sporty fun car a bit more- when its got Soul, of course. The Kia Soul has just that, especially the new version of them.

20140726_111204The newest Kia Soul is built upon the concept design from Kia for the Trick’ster concept which first showed up at the Chicago 2012 auto show. The concept packed more power and all wheel drive traction into a nifty design showing promise of things to come. The new Soul is the next iteration toward that future with a sportier exterior closer to that of the Trick’ster.

20140728_072826Driving wise, the car is a dream. It is smooth and has pick up, but is not as sporty as the previous Soul. But something keep in mind is with the toned down engine from 6500 rpm’s to 6200 rpm’s, you do get a more automatic friendly vehicle.  It does very well on gas, only making me tank up roughly 4 times to Virginia and back to NJ.

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Avoid being scammed when buying a ‘new to you’ car

When you buy a used car rather than a brand new one you are making a smart financial decision. Brand new cars depreciate in value the minute they are driven off the forecourt and for anyone concerned with what they spend their hard earned cash on, you would be better to wait and buy a model that is a couple of years old as you will get much more for your money.

However, buying a used car doesn’t come without it’s challenges and potential pitfalls meaning it can be a scary prospect for anyone who isn’t a car mechanic! You want to avoid looking like a complete novice at the car garage but how do you know what defects to look for in order to avoid making a very costly mistake?

For anyone about to purchase a ‘new to you’ car from either a private seller or garage, take a look at the following guidelines to avoid inheriting a money drain:

Stick to a budget

Before even thinking about which car to buy, you need to know how much you have to spend. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have a car to sell
  • Will you be taking out car finance
  • How much do you have available each month to cover fuel

In addition, you must remember to factor in the cost of insurance; it would be silly to purchase a car at the top end of your budget, only to realise your insurance premiums will financially cripple you. Take five minutes to perform a quick check on an insurance comparison site like Captain Compare for a range of  vehicles.

Research for the ‘right’ car

The next step to take in this process is to spend a little time researching the right car for you and your needs. Think about what you’ll be using the car for and work out your priorities from there.
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Watching him nap without anything just makes my neck hurt, and leads to the “car shuffle” to find his small pillow. But with the SeatPet he always has a pillow to pass out onto/with. The critter is so soft and cuddly, you can even get away with bringing him inside at your destination as your little ones plush of choice for bed. There are so many possibilities, it is great. The part I am most impressed with are the pockets. Instead of just having a big stuffed animal seatbelt cover, a great idea unto itself, there are pockets! Lots of them, some zippered some open [Read more…]

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Over the past week I had the extreme pleasure of driving the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid around Florida. This was my first time driving a hybrid, and I have to admit I am impressed. (This may be the only car I will ever rent again…)

The Kia Optima Hybrid is a very interesting vehicle. This car is a hybrid which means it runs on gasoline and electric. It charges by breaking, and driving. It also saves you gas money and charges by coasting, [Read more…]