Since its creation in 1905, the Automobile Association (aka "The AA") has been the UKs forerunner of automobile breakdown assistance and pioneers of road safety. They've always been proud of their low response times of around 35 minutes.

In 1910 the AA started providing hand written route maps - the first version of the popular AA Online Route Planner (similar to Microsoft AutoRoute) now in use.

In the 1920s, the AA started an inspection service for pre-purchase and post accident repair checks. Still a popular service today, but perhaps a lesser known service of the AA.

RAC is the main competitor to the AA in the UK.