October 09, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Backs Tyre Safety Month

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2011) - As part of Tyre Safety Month, Swinton Commercial is advising fleet managers to carry out regular checks of their vehicles tyres.

The business insurance broker surveyed 1,000 fleet managers and found that nearly two-fifths (37%) do not regularly check their vehicles tyres for defects.

Tyre Safety Month runs for the duration of October and this year is focusing on driving in winter. Swinton has also teamed up with Goodyear Tyres to promote the fitment of cold weather tyres this winter.

Swinton Commercial's tyre safety advice:

  • Walk around your vehicles and check for defects such as cuts or bulges and remove any embedded objects.

  • Check the tyre pressure and tread depth and make sure they adhere to the legal minimum requirement which is 1.6mm across the centre third of the tyre.

  • Consider fitting cold weather tyres for the winter months. Cold weather tyres are manufactured with more natural rubber and silica, which keeps them supple in the colder weather offering greater grip in snow and ice and can offer up to 55% reduction in braking distance.*

Swinton Commercial is also warning fleet managers to be aware of the consequences of being caught with defective tyres. The driver could expect a fine and up to three penalty points on their licence while the fleet manager may see an increase in their future fleet insurance policy premium.

Jolene Shaw, Technical Referral Advisor at Swinton Commercial said, "It is vital that fleet managers carry out regular checks of their vehicles tyres, especially during the winter months when road conditions are much worse."

*Compared to a Goodyear summer tyre, measured by TÜV SÜD Automotive in March & April 2011;
Tyre Size: 205/55R16; Test Car: Golf VI; Location: Arctic Falls (Sweden); Report nr: 76245861

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

Notes to Editors:

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 70,000 business customers - and we're growing fast.

Visit http://www.swintoncommercial.co.uk/ for more information or call 0800 995 1800.

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