September 07, 2011 04:26 ET

Swinton Commercial Gives Steel Toe Caps the Boot

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) - Swinton Commercial is today warning van drivers of the road safety dangers brought on by wearing steel toe capped boots when driving.

The heavy and often cumbersome boots popular with builders and workmen alike have been named as one of the most dangerous types of footwear to wear behind the wheel.

A poll of 1,200 customers, by the Commercial van insurance provider found that 15% feel that steel toe capped boots are more dangerous to drive in than flip flops.

Customers demonstrated concern for the boots getting stuck between van pedals and drivers unknowingly pressing the brake and accelerator simultaneously due to the large size of the boots.

A shocking 10% of steel toe capped wearers surveyed said reaction times and movement of feet were restricted whilst wearing such footwear.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial said "Van drivers who wear protective bulky footwear should be aware of these dangers. Before getting behind the wheel they should think about changing footwear that is more suitable for driving. Customer feedback concerning this matter just goes to show that although steel toe capped boots are there to be protective, they can also lead to accidents, which can impact on future van insurance premiums."

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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