May 30, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Issues Windy Warning To All Van Drivers

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Swinton Commercial is warning van drivers to take extra caution while driving in the unusually high winds that are battering the UK at the moment.

The van insurance retailer issued the warning after the Met Office announced that the high winds are set to continue for the next few days.

Swinton Commercial is offering the following tips for any van drivers driving in windy weather:

  • Ensure your vehicle is road worthy, the brakes, indicators and lights work and that the tyre tread is regulation depth
  • Check the local weather to see how strong the wind is
  • Check traffic reports as high roads or open bridges can be closed due to strong winds
  • Keep a good distance from the vehicle in front so that the ability to see in front will be increased
  • Reduce your speed so that you can react effectively to any situations that arise from the windy weather e.g. trees falling into the road
  • Keep both hands on the wheel to keep complete control of the vehicle
  • High bridges and open stretches of road are most dangerous in strong winds so proceed with caution over these

Phil Moss Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "Van drivers, especially those who drive high sided vehicles are most likely to be affected in the strong winds that we have been seeing across the UK. Drivers should follow our tips above and keep control over the vehicle to avoid any accidents in the strong winds and resultant van insurance claims."

About Swinton

  • 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 on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates.

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