February 26, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Advises Fleet Managers to Ensure Drivers Are Prepared for Big Freeze

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2012) - Swinton Commercial, a leading business insurance broker, is advising fleet managers to make sure that drivers and their vehicles are prepared for the wintery weather.

According to a road safety charity, commercial vehicles account for less than 1.7% of vehicles on the road, yet 18% of road deaths are attributed to them each year.

Research suggests that a lack of vehicle maintenance and preparation for severe weather contributes to such accidents.

Swinton Commercial is urging fleet managers to prepare fleet vehicles and drivers for icy roads and freezing temperatures, whilst making sure they have the correct insurance cover in the event of an accident.

Swinton Commercial Insurance is also offering fleet managers the following tips, to ensure their drivers stay safe during the cold snap:

  • Ensure that all vehicles are fully serviced before travelling, including checking the brakes, making sure fluids are topped up and that wiper blades are in good condition to sweep away snow and ice.
  • Cold weather lowers battery power - make sure vehicle batteries are functioning properly, and that drivers know the proper procedure for using a booster battery.
  • Windows and mirrors should be cleaned for good visibility.
  • Reduce speed, and remember to accelerate, break and steer in a smooth and gradual manner.
  • If driving a heavy goods vehicle, listen to advance weather warnings, and avoid dangerous conditions where possible.

Nadeea Gull, Commercial Team Manager at Swinton Commercial, said: "It is crucial for fleet managers to make sure their drivers are ready for the wintery weather, and that vehicles are equipped for difficult journeys. Preparing your fleet for all eventualities will not only reduce the likelihood that they will have an accident, but also help to reduce your fleet insurance premiums."

For more information, contact Anna Goulding or Mairead Rodden at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunicatons.co.uk.

About Swinton Commercial:

As the UK's fastest-growing commercial insurance broker, Swinton Commercial has the expertise and industry knowledge to provide you with highly competitive business insurance that's tailored to your needs.

With 34 branches across the UK, including 19 regional centres, Swinton Commercial has quickly established itself as the UK's local broker, offering a dedicated team of advisors with specialist industry knowledge in all sectors.

Your local Commercial Account Executive has an in-depth understanding of the insurance market in your area and will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your business and its specific requirements.

We cater for most types of business - from small start-ups to well-established organisations, comparing quotes from leading UK insurers to find you the right level of insurance, at the right price.

What's more, our award-winning offering has over 75,000 business customers - and we're growing fast.

Visit www.swintoncommercial.co.uk for more information or call 0800 954 2394.

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