October 09, 2011 19:00 ET

Nearly Half of Van Drivers Think Premiums Are Too High, Swinton Commercial Reveals

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2011) - Nearly half of van drivers would like to know how to reduce their van insurance premium according to research by Swinton Commercial.

As the double dip recession looms the UK van insurance retailer is offering some valuable advice to reduce commercial van insurance premiums after its survey revealed that 47% of van drivers think their premium is too high.

Swinton Commercial is offering the following advice to help van drivers get the cheapest van insurance:

  • Drive the smallest van possible for the job you require it for. Smaller vans will naturally carry smaller premiums.
  • Use additional security measures such as fitting an alarm, immobiliser, steering lock or getting the van security marked.
  • Increase your voluntary excess, although you may have to pay out more in the event of a claim it could reduce your premium in the long run.
  • Keep your licence clean – being convicted of speeding or careless driving will result in points on your licence and a likely increase in your premium.
  • Keeping your vehicle in a locked garage or off the road on a driveway can also help keep your premium down.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial said: "We are all feeling the pinch but van drivers have probably seen the running costs of their vehicle increase the most as fuel prices continue to rise and they spend more time on the road than other motorists."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk

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

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