Swinton Commercial

Swinton Commercial

October 05, 2011 01:00 ET

Hard Working Van Drivers by Day, Rugby World Cup Watchers by Night

Swinton Commercial Stresses Dangers of Fatigue Behind the Wheel

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2011) - Swinton Commercial, one of the UK's leading van insurance brokers is offering advice to van drivers suffering from driver fatigue as a result of late night and early morning Rugby World Cup games.

With some of the games in the 2011 tournament starting from as early as between 1.00am and 9.00am, a lack of sleep is a major safety issue facing van drivers.

It's estimated that driver fatigue accounts for 20 per cent of all road accidents in the UK each year, so van drivers need to be alert at all time when on the road(1).

Those involved in road accidents may have to fork out hundreds of pounds to cover van insurance policy excesses, replacement van hire charges and personal injury, so having the correct policy tailored to each van drivers' needs is a must.

Here are Swinton's useful tips for van drivers to consider during the remainder the Rugby World Cup:

  • Ensure you have the legal requirement of breaks during the working day

  • If you feel you are suffering from extreme tiredness do not begin a long journey. We recommend taking a nap of 15 minutes to boost energy levels

  • Be aware that early morning and late afternoon are peak times for when fatigue accidents are most likely to occur

  • If you feel like you're are nodding off take a break immediately

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial said "We can sometimes get carried away with the excitement surrounding important sporting events, but need to realise the dangers of staying up late or getting up extra early to watch a game. Tiredness is something that many don't consider a real danger when getting behind the wheel, but for drivers, it can be just as dangerous as drink driving."

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 is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • 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

(1) Jim Horne and Louise Reyner, Sleep Related Vehicle Accidents, Sleep Research Laboratory, Loughborough University, 2000

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