November 20, 2011 19:00 ET

Don't Be a Tired Taxi Driver Says Swinton Taxi Division

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2011) - Swinton Taxi Division is warning taxi drivers to ensure they do not drive tired over the festive season. December can be a very busy month for taxi drivers as people descend on city centres for Christmas shopping and festive parties.

The private hire taxi insurance specialist surveyed 1,000 online customers and found that one in ten (11%) taxi drivers had momentarily nodded off during a night shift in the past five years. Staying alert behind the wheel will reduce the number of accidents and will have a positive impact on taxi insurance premiums.

The taxi insurance specialist is offering the following tips to ensure taxi drivers' remain alert behind the wheel at all times

  • Get a good sleep before a long shift, especially if the shift is between the hours of 10pm and 6am
  • If the driver feels like he is about to nod off he should take a break immediately
  • Open the window in the taxi for a regular supply of fresh air

Alexandra Cooke of Swinton Taxi Division said, "Driving tired can increase the chances of accidents so it is vital that taxi drivers stay alert behind the wheel. Taxi drivers are not only responsible for themselves but also their fare paying passengers."

For more information contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications.

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, taxi, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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