April 17, 2011 19:01 ET

Motorist Lack Highway Code Knowledge, Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 17, 2011) - One fifth of motorists do not know the meaning of basic road signs according to a survey by Swinton Insurance.

The UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance surveyed 1,200 motorists regarding road signs and basic Highway Code knowledge. The survey asked motorists to identify different road signs and only 21% could identify the sign for two way traffic crosses one-way road.

Twenty three percent were able to identify the road sign for level crossing without a barrier, but only 17% correctly recognised the sign for T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right.

The survey also asked motorists about basic Highway Code knowledge and worryingly 27% of motorists questioned did not know the difference between a centre line and a hazard warning line.

The correct definition according to the Highway Code states, "A broken white line marks the centre of the road, when this line lengthens and the gaps shorten this means there is a hazard ahead. Motorists should not cross the white line unless they can see the road is clear and wish to overtake or turn off."

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, "It seems that most motorists look at the Highway Code in order to pass their driving test and don't pick it back up again. However it is vital that motorists are able to identify all road signs and know basic rules of the road to avoid accidents and any resultant motor insurance claims."

For more information contact Mairead Rodden at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

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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