December 05, 2010 19:01 ET

Winter Boots Cause Bother For Motorists, Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2010) - With the snow set to continue falling across the UK, Swinton Insurance is warning motorists to ensure they are wearing the correct footwear behind the wheel to avoid an accident.

The UKs leading high street retailer of car insurance issued the warning after an online survey of 1,200 customers found that 15% had admitted to momentarily losing control of the car as a result of wearing thick soled winter boots.

Wearing thick-soled winter boots can cause the driver to step on both the accelerator and brake together and prevents the driver from feeling the correct amount of pressure being applied to the pedal. It is also possible for the driver's foot to slip off the pedal if snow or ice is on the sole of the boot.

Swinton is advising motorists to ensure they wear the correct footwear behind the wheel by keeping a pair of 'driving shoes' permanently in the car. Swinton is also warning about the dangers of winter clothing and asking motorists to be mindful that gloves can slip on the steering wheel and putting a hood up can restrict the field of vision.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager, at Swinton car insurance said, "It is vital that motorists are in full control of their vehicle at all times. Wearing inappropriate footwear can dramatically reduce a driver's ability to control their car and this can cause accidents. It is a good idea to keep a pair of driving shoes in the boot to ensure the correct footwear is worn behind the wheel."

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

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