November 14, 2010 19:01 ET

Swinton Bikes Warns About Windy Weather

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2010) - Swinton Bike Insurance is warning bikers up and down the country they may not find riding in windy weather such a breeze, as motorcyclists struggle in adverse weather conditions.

A survey completed by Swinton bike Insurance, of 1200 customers, revealed that 82% of motorcyclists believe that they are at higher risks of crashing, as high winds cause problems with balance and steering.

The study also revealed that despite the increasing frequency of freak winds, 55% of those surveyed didn't know how to adapt to the unpredictable conditions. Swinton Bike Insurance is ensuring its customers know how to deal with strong winds and is issuing the following advice:

  • Do not grip handle bars tight, to feel more secure grip the tank with your legs.

  • Stay well away from the sides of the road and keep speeds down.

  • Look for signs that indicate heavy winds, flags or trees blowing and be especially cautious when you notice 'windbreaks'.

Swinton motorbike Insurance, concerned with rider's safety has compiled a gusty guide to Britain's Windiest Roads;

1. A9 – The longest road in Scotland and goes through the Caringorm Mountains where Britain's highest wind was recorded of 194mph.

2. M62 – Britain's highest motorway that links Manchester and Leeds.

3. A59 – A road that winds through the Yorkshire Moors and is often listed in Britain's top ten most dangerous.

4. A74 – Linking Carlisle with Glasgow, it passes through the highlands and experiences strong winds throughout the year.

5. A.57 – Otherwise known as the snake pass, a road that links Manchester and Sheffield, delving through the Peak District. The snake pass is quite often one of the first roads in the UK to be closed in adverse weather.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said, "Windy conditions are becoming more and more common in the UK and can occur with frightening immediacy. The problem is that British motorcyclists aren't used to driving in strong winds and aren't sure what to do to counter the wind. Bikers must take more care when riding in these conditions, as this will reduce the risk of accidents and keep premiums low."

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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