Swinton Insurance

September 06, 2009 19:00 ET

Vans Are Cleanest Vehicles on the Road

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2009) - Van owners spend more time cleaning their vehicle than any other motorist, according to research by Swinton Commercial, one of the UK's leading providers of van insurance.

According to a survey of 2,000 Swinton customers, van drivers spend on average 42 minutes every week keeping their van clean, and car drivers spend just 21 minutes per week cleaning their vehicle. Motorcyclists came second in the clean stake with an average of 31 minutes each week spent cleaning their bikes.

According to the poll, white vans received the most cleaning attention, closely followed by silver, with red vans receiving the least amount of time. The survey also found the main reason for keeping up appearances was 'to look professional', although 2% said it was to keep their wife happy.

The majority of time was spent cleaning the outside of the vans (82%) with little time spent doing the inside (18%). The job most disliked by most was cleaning the insides of the windows. Of the van cleaners, 81% preferred to use car wash rather than getting their own hands dirty.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "We've all seen the words 'clean me' carved out of dirt on the back of a van or lorry, so it's nice to know that van drivers are making an effort to dispel the image of the typical 'dirty van man'."

"We would advise all drivers to make sure that their windows are kept impeccably clean at all times to ensure maximum visibility, which can help to reduce accidents and keep van insurance premiums to a minimum."

For more information contact Michael Travers or Anoushka Foster at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

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 580 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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