For some drivers, Friday the 13th really will be unlucky. They’ll be the thousands of car owners whose vehicles break down. Obviously cars are very complex machines with a lot of different components working together. At Green Flag we’re proud of our ability to get members’ cars going again when we attend breakdowns. And last year we helped out nearly 200,000 people. Here are the most popular reasons for calling out our technicians in 2014. Continue reading
Green Flag is spreading festive cheer for the hundreds of temporary workers playing Father Christmas this year. Any Santa who breaks down on his way to the grotto will be entitled to complimentary cover over the holiday period courtesy of the break down provider. Continue reading
Green Flag started life as the National Breakdown Recovery Club in 1971. It was renamed Green Flag in 1994. To mark its 20th anniversary one of its original employees, Neil Wilson explains how the breakdown business and cars have changed over the past two decades. Continue reading
It’s late, the traffic is bad and the kids are asking the perennial ‘are we there yet?’ Time to take a break. After filling up with fuel and picking up drinks and snacks, the final push for home can begin. And then it happens. As you pull away from the pumps, the car’s engine splutters, warning lights glow like Christmas decorations and suddenly you realise you’ve filled up with the wrong fuel. This is where Green Flag’s training kicks in. Continue reading
The number of drivers learning through the school of mum and dad has rocketed over the past 20 years. And it could be costing parents dear. Continue reading
Motorways might be safe roads to drive on but they can be a nightmare to break down on. What should you do if your car conks out in the fast lane? Where’s the safest place to stand? Who do you contact and what will they do? This answers all those questions and more. Continue reading
Green Flag launches a ‘Tweet your seat’ competition at the Premiership Rugby London Double Header at Twickenham on 6 September. Anyone who tweets @GreenFlagUK throughout the season with a picture of themselves in their seat is in with a chance of winning a piece of signed merchandise from their chosen Premiership Rugby club. Continue reading
When Green Flag and Activate Sport teamed up this summer it wasn’t just the kids who got a work out. Their parents’ cars were given a thorough health check, and so were the motors of the rugby stars helping with the training. Continue reading
Green Flag members on their way to the 2014 Glastonbury Festival were shocked to find that it wasn’t just a technician who turned up to get them going again. Dolly Parton was in his van too.
But rather than the queen of country and western, the national breakdown provider had actually teamed up with Dolly tribute act, Kelly O’Brien. While James set to work fixing cars that had conked out within 20 miles of the Glastonbury festival site, ‘Dolly’ entertained them with her famous pink acoustic guitar.
Green Flag’s Sam Taylor said: “One of the most anticipated acts at Glastonbury this year is Dolly Parton. So what better way to keep festival goers who’ve broken down in the mood than with a special roadside performance from the country’s number one Dolly Parton tribute act? Our technicians don’t just work nine to five, they work around the clock to get people where they need to be no matter what.”
Driving abroad involves much more than simply coping with being on the wrong side of the road; there are some standard laws that must be obeyed, regardless of your destination. For example: you must have your driving licence, insurance and vehicle registration documents wherever you travel. And cars must be equipped with GB stickers and headlight beam converters.
It’s also a good idea to carry your passport. You will need identification if the police stop you. But although we’re supposedly one happy European family, other laws and rules differ from country to country. Whether it’s equipment you need to pack or regulations you must obey, it’s a minefield of legislation out there. Follow this quick and easy country-by-country guide so you don’t get caught out. Continue reading