Swinton Insurance

August 09, 2009 19:00 ET

Bikes Urged to Put the Brakes on in Wet Weather

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2009) - As torrential rain sweeps the country, bikers are being advised to drive carefully and make sure they practise correct and safe braking.

After long spells of dry weather roads get a build up of oil, diesel, dust and rubber which can mix with rain water to form a dangerous concoction for unexpected bike riders. This cocktail is at its worst during the first ten minutes of rain and then fortunately quickly washes away.

Swinton Bikes, one of the UK's leading providers of motorbike insurance, is recommending riders:

- Try to brake when driving straight

- Brake using approximately 70% front and 30% rear

- Avoid aggressive braking

- Try to avoid puddles as they could conceal potholes

- Try to avoid shiny surfaces, drain covers and road markings

- Ease off at bends to help keep brakes cool

- Brake in plenty of time

- Remember stopping distances increase in wet weather

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, said: "Driving in wet weather can be dangerous, particularly for motorcyclists. We'd advise bikers to be extra cautious on wet roads to reduce the risk of accidents."

About Swinton

- 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

Contact Information

  • Manchester PR agency SKV Communications
    Michael Travers or Anoushka Foster
    0161 838 7770