Jim Haggart, 60, from Glasgow, is the AA’s longest serving patrolman in the UK, having joined its cadet scheme in his teens.
The grandfather estimates he has rescued 1,500-2,000 people a year since he began and after four decades on the job he still enjoys helping people stranded everywhere from side streets to snowy motorway hard shoulders.
He said: “If I do on average maybe eight jobs a shift I get to help eight different people with their particular problem, which is nice.
“It’s nice to be able to get a car going and see the satisfaction on people’s faces when they drive away.
“When I started out I never ever thought I’d be 45 years by now. I get more of a kick watching people’s faces when they ask me how long I’ve been with the AA. To me it’s just a number, I enjoy the job and the years just go by, but it’s the reaction on people’s faces, when I tell them 45 years.”
Mr Haggart, 60, left school at 15 and worked as an office boy and an electrician’s apprentice before spotting a newspaper advert for an AA cadet scheme.
Over the years he has driven a range of AA vehicles, including a BSA Bantam motorbike, an Austin Minor and a Morris Marina.
His current work vehicle is a Vauxhall Vivaro in which he responds to calls within a 60-mile radius of Glasgow.