March 04, 2012 19:00 ET

Van Drivers Can't Live Without Smart Phones, Says Swinton Commercial

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 4, 2012) - More and more van drivers are using hi-tech equipment whilst on the move, according to a new study. The research by Swinton Commercial, a leading broker of commercial van insurance, shows that an increasing number of van drivers now rely on gadgets like smart phones and tablets to see them through the day and aid them in their work.

Whilst A-Zs were once essential for navigating to and from jobs, sat-navs are now commonplace and are able to provide up-to-the-minute travel updates, which allow users to avoid delays and ensure they get to locations on time. On top of this, the introduction of tablet PCs has seen many drivers ditch their diaries in favour of the devices that can be used for scheduling, as well as reminders and lists for jobs that may require them.

The biggest success story, however, has been the smart phone. Being smaller than a tablet has meant that many more people can use them out and about on a job and many believe that they are just as useful. The phones let people send and receive essential emails when out of the house, listen to music on the go, navigate using built-in maps, keep up-to-date with goings-on via social media and countless other things after having downloaded apps.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said: "It's great that van drivers are so tech savvy. However, it is essential that van drivers do not let their gadgets distract them when behind the wheel. Van drivers need to keep their eyes on the road at all times to avoid any accidents and resultant van insurance claims."

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 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
  • 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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