December 05, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Warns Van Drivers Not to Overdo Christmas Cheer

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2011) - Swinton Commercial vehicle insurance is warning van drivers not to be driven to distraction by Christmas decorations inside their van.

During the festive season, many drivers working long hours may be tempted to decorate the inside of their van in order to bring a little seasonal charm to their home away from home.

However, Swinton Commercial, the UK's leading high street retailer of commercial van insurance, is warning drivers not to place too much importance on making their vehicle look the part, instead focusing on the dangers involved.

Those who find themselves a long way from home at this time of year often opt for decorations such as tinsel or small ornaments which are placed on the dashboard. However, these have been known to slide around while the vehicle is moving, causing an unnecessary distraction for the driver.

Swinton Commercial is advising against interior Christmas lights, which come equipped with a special attachment, allowing them to be hooked up to the vehicles cigarette lighter. Interior lights can cause the driver to be dazzled, and could be dangerous during long journeys, while elaborate decorations may also distract other drivers on the road. Similarly, decorations hung from the vans interior rear view mirror should not obstruct the drivers view.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial, said: "While we appreciate that many van drivers will want to bring a little festive spirit to their work environment, we cannot stress enough the importance of driving safely. Too many distractions can be dangerous, so it's vital that this is kept in mind whatever the season- and of course the right van insurance can go a long way to ensuring a Merry Christmas should the worst happen."

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

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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