Swinton Insurance

August 25, 2009 19:00 ET

Bank Holiday can be a Horror-day for Bikers

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - Bikers are being urged to ride safely this coming bank holiday as millions of riders set off for the weekend.

This Bank Holiday, millions of Brits are expected to hit the roads for day trips out and short holidays, and many motorists will jump on their motorbikes to avoid getting stuck in traffic jams.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of motorcycle insurance, is urging bikers to carry out comprehensive vehicle checks before heading out for the long weekend.

Bank Holidays also present added dangers as group riding, common during long weekends, often attract riders with varied experience. An inexperienced rider may feel the pressure to keep up with fast bikers and may ride outside their ability. This pressure can lead to a much higher risk of an accident.

Swinton is advising all bikers:

- Wear the correct clothing i.e. full fingered gloves, a helmet, a visor or goggles and footwear with maximum grip.

- Check the bike's oil and fluid as well as the hoses, lines and reservoirs for leaks.

- Use an accurate tyre pressure gauge when tyres are cold

- Check that headlights, taillights, indicators, brake lights and electrics are working properly

- Don't overload the bike and distribute weight evenly

- Make sure the bike's battery is fully charged

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bike Insurance, said: "We would recommend bikers carry out a full vehicle check well in advance of setting off for a long bank holiday break. Not only is it important for their own safety, but failure to meet certain requirements may lead to prosecution, or invalidation of their bike insurance."

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- 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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