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December 01, 2010 02:01 ET

moneysupermarket.com Warns Drivers of Expensive Car Breakdowns This Winter

CHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2010) - As the nights draw in, and temperatures drop to freezing, moneysupermarket.com urges motorists to take care behind the wheel and ensure they are covered for winter conditions and breakdowns.

According to research a third (33 per cent) of serious or fatal motor accidents occur in the dark, and almost 4,500 accidents happened in snowy and icy conditions1, so Britain's number one comparison site reminds drivers to be prepared before they hit the roads to drive in potentially hazardous winter weather. Moneysupermarket.com found UK breakdown cover is available from as little as £29.50 a year with RescueMyCar.com and £29.70 a year with The Green Insurance Company2. These policies include features such as roadside repair and recovery to the nearest garage or any UK destination, alternative travel and accommodation costs.

Steve Sweeney, head of car insurance at moneysupermarket.com said: "Last winter the 'Big Freeze' really took us all by surprise. We don't realise how much we depend on our cars until a problem or breakdown strikes. With the range of policies on offer at competitive prices, there really is no excuse for motorists to run the risk of being stranded. Breakdown cover really is worth paying for if you want the peace of mind that you will be rescued if your car does grind to a halt.

"Without doubt prevention is better than the cure so it's necessary to stress the importance of regular checks to your vehicle to avoid breaking down while on the road. Taking regular precautionary measures such as checking the oil level, anti-freeze, hazard lights, and tyres for tread depth and pressure, and stowing a spare tyre in the boot of your car are a good idea. I would also advise you store a torch, reflective triangle sign, high-visibility jacket, first aid kit and jump leads in your car to help aid you should you find yourself stuck on the side of the road."

moneysupermarket.com's top winter motoring tips:
  • Regularly check the oil level, anti-freeze, hazard lights and tyres for tread depth and pressure. Check the spare tyre is in good condition too.

  • Have the essentials in your car, such as a torch, reflective triangle sign, high-visibility jacket, first aid kit and jump leads.

  • Keep adequate distance from the vehicle in front and take particular care to look out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

  • In cold or icy conditions, drive carefully and ensure you don't accelerate, brake or take sharp corners suddenly.

  • Make sure your car battery is adequately charged and up to the task

Notes to Editors:

1Department for Transport

Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2008 Annual Report

http://www.dft.gov.uk/adobepdf/162469/221412/221549/227755/rrcgb2008.pdf

• A third (33%) of all fatal or serious accidents happened in the dark (Of a total 25,462 fatal or serious accidents in 2008, 8,501 took place in the dark = 33%)

• 4,468 of ALL accidents happened in ice and snow

2Breakdown Cover: 

Provider Premium Benefits
RescueMyCar.com Comprehensive Cover £29.50 Roadside repair; Recovery to nearest garage; Roadside assistance; Recovery of up to 7 passengers; Recovery to any UK destination; Home start up; Alternative travel and accommodation costs.
The Green Insurance Company Green Assist Recovery £29.70 Roadside repair; Recovery to nearest garage; Roadside assistance; Recovery of up to 7 passengers; Recovery to any UK destination; Home start up; Alternative travel and accommodation costs.
First Call Roadside Assistance & Assistance at Home £32.00 Roadside repair; Recovery to nearest garage; Roadside assistance; Recovery of up to 4 passengers; Recovery to any UK destination; Home start up; Alternative travel and accommodation costs.
startrescue.co.uk
3 Star
£35.40 Roadside repair; Recovery to nearest garage; Roadside assistance; Recovery of up to 4 passengers; Recovery to any UK destination; Home start up; Alternative travel and accommodation costs.
ETA Breakdown Breakdown with Home Cover £45.00 Roadside repair; Recovery to nearest garage; Roadside assistance; Recovery of up to 4 passengers; Recovery to any UK destination; Home start up; Alternative travel and accommodation costs.

Sourced by www.moneysupermarket.com 16.11.2010

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