Snow and Cold Weather Prompts 50% Spike in Motor Claims

Co-op Insurance is warning motorists to take extra care on the roads this week as it’s revealed that the business saw a 50% increase in motor collision claims on Sunday.
Furthermore, Co-op’s latest claims data highlights accidents and collisions increased by 42% on Sunday when compared to the previous week (Sunday 3rd December).

The claims data is revealed as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning and advises that there will be icy patches on untreated roads and cycle paths.

The Daily Mail reports today that Michael Owen’s Bentley was damaged by a tree, plus 11 cars were involved in one accident in the North of England. Police in Derbyshire stopped a driver travelling at 90mph in the snow, whilst in Denbighshire, North Wales, a gritter lorry slid off the road.

Top tips for drivers from Co-op Insurance:

1.       Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front

2.       Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated

3.       Watch weather reports before planning a journey to allow you to plan

4.       Make sure you have sufficient tread depth on your tyres. In snow you should aim for 3mm

5.       Go easy on your brakes to avoid skidding and test them gently before setting off

Nick Ansley, Head of Motor Insurance at the Co-op commented: “On Sunday we saw a 50% increase in the number of claims reported due to road incidents in comparison to last Sunday.  As this cold and icy weather is set to continue we’re urging drivers to take extra care by allowing additional time for journeys and checking car lights and tyres before setting off.”

 

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