October 11, 2009 19:00 ET

Van Drivers Tell Passengers to Belt Up

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2009) - Nearly 80% of van drivers struggle to get their passengers to belt up, according to a survey by Swinton.

A study of 2,000 van insurance customers found that 68% had to 'ask' their passengers to fasten their seat-belts before setting off on a journey of which 21% refused. Interestingly it was the female passengers that accounted for 16% of the 'un-beltables' with the remaining 5% being men.

The research also found that only 3% van drivers admitted to not wearing a seatbelt on long journeys; however 12% said they would go without for short drives. The most common reason given for not wearing a seatbelt was 'uncomfortable'.

Only 4% of van drivers said that their vans were not equipped with working passenger seatbelts.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "Driving or being a passenger in a vehicle and not wearing a seatbelt is strictly illegal. Furthermore, if involved in an accident and it's discovered that you weren't wearing a seatbelt could seriously hamper any insurance claims."

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 are finalists 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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