December 05, 2010 19:01 ET

Swinton Commercial Warns Van Drivers to Brace Themselves for Winter

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2010) - With snow falling steadily across the UK, Swinton Commercial is warning van drivers to be prepared for winter driving.

Swinton Commercial, one of the UKs largest retailers of van insurance , is advising van drivers and fleet managers to consider purchasing winter tyres if economically viable.

Winter tyres are designed to perform in the most treacherous of winter conditions, and in the long run, could actually save money for van drivers as they are more durable than summer tyres.

The van insurance retailer has also put together some advice for van drivers facing winter conditions:

  • Book your van in for a winter service to ensure it is in top condition

  • Ensure you travel with a shovel, fully charged mobile phone, ice scraper, de-icer and a blanket or warm clothes in case of a breakdown

  • Stick to main roads that will have been gritted and have an alternative route just in case

  • Only travel if necessary and don't be afraid to turn back if the driving conditions are treacherous.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "Van drivers spend more time on the road than any other motorists, so it is vital that they are fully prepared for winter driving conditions. Even the most experienced drivers can have an accident in these types of conditions and an ensuing van insurance claim."

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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