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November 24, 2015

Roadside recovery services: A brief history

AA (Automobile Association) first began in 1905 but they didn’t have any yellow vans back then, only a motorbike and three cyclists were employed.

In fact, the officers on pedal bikes were originally there to help motorists avoid police speed traps.

As motoring became more popular, AA membership grew from just 100 members to 83,000 by 1914.

Over the years, they have campaigned for the compulsory wearing of seat belts, which were eventually introduced in 1983.

By 1965, the AA had attended nearly a million breakdowns. Today, they attend around 3.5 million breakdowns every year.
Automobile Association first began in 1905 with 100 members.
Automobile Association first began in 1905 with 100 members. Credit: PA Images
The RAC (Royal Automotive Club) began before the AA in 1897 and their patrol officers were in uniform in 1901.

They have 8 million members across the country and are local to the region with their head offices overlooking the M6 in Walsall.

Every RAC van carries more than 500 parts and tools which can be used to assist in breakdown recovery.

On average, RAC claim that their patrol staff can fix a problem on the roadside in just 30 minutes.

Last year, they dealt with 2.3 million breakdowns in the UK.
RAC breakdown van is used to recover a vehicle.
RAC breakdown van is used to recover a vehicle. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Images

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