March 14, 2011 20:00 ET

Overloading Only Increases Costs Further, Warns Swinton Commercial

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - More van and light goods vehicle operators may be unwittingly increasing their fuel and running costs, and reducing their safety by overloading their vehicles, according to Swinton Commercial Insurance.

The warning comes as a survey of 1200 customers online, conducted by Swinton Van Insurance discovered 67% of van drivers are overloading their vehicles, with only 13% of van drivers regularly cleaning out their vans to help maximise fuel efficiency. 

Overloading is not only a serious safety hazard, with the excessive strain causing tyres to blow out, but also lowers fuel efficiency - a pricey mistake considering the cost of fuel rose over £6 per gallon last week.

To combat this issue, Swinton Commercial is advising 'vanners' to check their tyre pressure and insure it at the recommended amount, as if it is 20 per cent out motorists could be using around 3 per cent more fuel.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager, said: "With the costs of running vans rising all of the time, operators can ill afford to needlessly increase their bills further. By making sure that tyres are inflated to the correct level for the load being carried, any additional expense can be minimised as well as improving vehicle safety." 

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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