September 25, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Urges Van Drivers to Prepare for Snow

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2011) - With UK forecasters scheduling snow as early as October, Swinton Commercial Vehicle Insurance has issued advice for van drivers to ensure their safety on the roads this winter.

Skidding on ice is a major concern for those carrying heavy loads in freezing conditions. Accidents that occur throughout winter due to bad roads can affect a van insurance policy, so extra preparation and caution is needed throughout the winter months.

Swinton Commercial is offering the following preparation advice to van drivers:

  • Check the weather before journeys - don't ignore any closed roads or bridges.
  • Always carry an emergency kit so you are prepared for breakdowns - The kit should include a torch, blanket, food and water.
  • Ensure your mobile phone is charged in case of any emergency roadside incidents.
  • Do a full winter check on your vehicle - looking at washer fluid, de-icier/scrapper, check over tyres.
  • Plan journeys around busy main roads as these roads are more likely to have been gritted.
  • Double the normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front.
  • Stay in high gear and always keep both hands on the wheel for better control.
  • On motorways stay in the clearest lane-keep to clear tyre tracks if possible and avoid slush and ice.
  • Ensure dipped headlights are used in falling snow so you are visible to other drivers and pedestrians.

Phil Moss Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "Always prepare in advance when heading out on snowy roads. Weather conditions such as snow and ice can be dangerous if not alert whilst driving. Remember any accidents that are caused by the bad weather will affect your insurance premiums so drive with extra caution and stay safe."

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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