March 21, 2010 20:00 ET

Van Drivers Have Best Engine Knowledge

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 21, 2010) - UK van drivers know more about engines than any other road user, according to research.

A survey of 1,500 motorists, by van insurance retailer Swinton Commercial, found that van drivers were top of the engine pops.

The poll found that 97% of van drivers knew how to change their tyre compared to just 76% of car drivers. And 81% knew the correct tyre pressure compared to just 20% of car drivers.

Swinton advises all drivers to have enough basic knowledge to:

  1. Fill tyres to correct pressure
  2. Change a tyre
  3. Top up oil
  4. Top up water
  5. Replace a windscreen wiper

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "It is good to know that our van insurance customers are so knowledgeable about their engines, but at the same time it is concerning than many car drivers lack basic understanding.

"All drivers should have at least basic knowledge of their vehicles and should not rely on other people to carry out maintenance work, such as filling up tyres and topping up oil, to avoid unnecessary claims which can lead to an increase in insurance premiums."

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance broker.
  • 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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