December 12, 2010 19:01 ET

Be Aware of Winter Tyre Shortage, Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2010) - Swinton, the UK's leading provider of car insurance, is issuing a safety alert, as the UK supply of tyres starts to run short this winter.

Motorists looking for extra grip in the icy conditions are being frustrated by tyre suppliers who are running low, as a survey of 1,200 customers online, completed by Swinton car insurance reveals 32% of respondents have had difficulties replacing their tyres in anticipation of heavy snowfall.

The news comes after last season's heavy snowfalls, which resulted in a rise in demand for rubber this year. Customers in the survey reported that they were unable to source patterns from the leading providers of cold weather tyres, despite the fact Continental has delivered 400 per cent more winter tyres in the UK than in the same period last year.

Swinton is warning drivers to be extra vigilant, as with the shortage of cold weather winter tyres combined with the possible lack of grit, Britain's roads are likely to be a dangerous place for motorists, and drivers need to take care.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton, said: "Having the adequate tyre tread depth is important in any weather condition, especially in the snow and ice. It is essential drivers check their tyres regularly and if they need new ones order well in advance. Good cold weather tyres can protect from skidding and crashing and consequently help accidents to be avoided."

About Swinton

  • With 603 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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