February 19, 2012 19:00 ET

The Dangers of Excess Snow

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2012) - As snowy weather continues to engulf parts of the UK, Swinton is advising motorists to make sure they scrape all the excess snow and ice off their vehicles to ensure their car remains safe on the road.

The UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance surveyed 1,000 online customers and found that 53% removed the bare minimum of snow off their windscreen; just enough to allow them some visibility.

Excess snow on a vehicle can become dislodged during a journey and can land on the front or rear windscreen possibly restricting the drivers view and causing a distraction to other motorists if snow suddenly falls in the path of their vehicle.

Swinton has put together some helpful tips:

  • Use an ice scraper or a snow brush and some de-icer to remove snow and ice from the vehicle
  • Remove all the snow from the roof so it cannot fall onto your front or rear windscreen and restrict your view
  • Remove all snow and ice from your lights and indicators so other motorists can see your intentions
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running when de-icing your car. If your vehicle is stolen in this manner your motor insurance provider may not pay out in a claim

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton said, "It is vital that motorists remove all the ice and snow from their vehicles before they set off on a journey. Snow falling onto the front or rear windscreen can obstruct the view of the driver possibly leading to a nasty accident and resultant car insurance claim".

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

  • With 553 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
  • A dedicated team is on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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