February 28, 2010 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Names Van Drivers Top ‘Mod Con’

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2010) - UK van drivers are relying on their favourite music to entertain them on their journeys, according to figures released today.

An online survey of 1,200 customers by van insurance retailer, Swinton Commercial, found that a third of van drivers thought that their CD or MP3 player was the 'mod con' that they could not live without.

The poll found that a further 25% of tech-savvy Swinton insurance customers chose their trusty sat nav as their top mod con, while 13% named their mobile hands-free kit as their favourite gadget. The more traditional cup holder scored less well with the van insurance customers.

According to the survey, the top five 'mod cons' were:

  1. CD/ MP3 player (30.5%)

  2. Sat Nav (25.9%)

  3. Air conditioning (24.7%)

  4. Mobile hands-free kit (12.6%)

  5. Cup holders (6.3%)

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial, said: "Van drivers often carry a high value of contents in their vehicles from tools to popular 'mod cons' such as MP3 players and sat navs. We advise all van drivers to remove these items from their vans overnight to reduce the chances of a break in and a possible insurance claim.

"We would also like to urge all van drivers to ensure that their van insurance policy covers any contents which are left inside the van to protect the cost of replacing anything that is stolen."

About Swinton:

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group

  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • 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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