December 13, 2009 19:00 ET

Drivers Dazzled by Low Lying Winter Sun

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2009) - UK motorists are being warned of the dangers of low lying winter sun, which could affect their vision when driving.

Swinton, the UKs leading high street retailer of car insurance, saw a 10% hike in claims in December last year, which it believes could be a result of accidents due to poor visibility in the winter sun glare.

Swinton is urging drivers to keep a pair of sunglasses in their glove compartment to avoid an unnecessary accident and a possible car insurance claim.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said "Drivers are always warned of the dangers when driving in snow and ice or driving in strong winds but a low lying winter sun is often overlooked. A spare pair of sunglasses should be a fundamental item in a driver's glove box."

Swinton's top tips for winter driving are:

- Keep to main roads as they are more likely to be gritted.

- Take an emergency pack containing items such as de-icer, ice scraper, blanket, torch, tow rope, mobile phone, sunglasses etc.

- Slow down - stopping distances increase in wet and icy roads.

- Eat plenty of high energy foods and take frequent rest stops. Winter driving is much more fatiguing than summer cruising.

- If the worse happens keep warm, stay in your vehicle and wait for assistance.

About Swinton

- With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

- Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

- Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

- With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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