The AA Insurance has joined the calls for motorists to consider fitting winter tyres as the UK suffers another round of snow blizzards.
It is anticipating a big jump in car insurance claims – with 331 already already recorded up to midday on 17th December, which is a 10% increase overall and 21% are snow and ice related compared with a snow free December Friday.
And the outlook is much bleaker for Scotland and Wales. A hefty 51% of Scottish motorists and 34% in Wales claim their collision was due to snow or ice.
Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance , warned: “If the police in your area are advising drivers not to travel then it is sensible to heed that advice and monitor the situation locally. During the run-up to Christmas, plan your journey to take account of the latest local forecasts and try to stick to main roads, which are more likely to be gritted.
“If the road surface is icy, our advice is to try to keep a gap of 10 seconds between yourself and the vehicle in front to minimise the risk of you sliding in to the car in front.”
He points out that tail-end crashes, especially at road junctions and roundabouts, are the most common type of winter claim, followed by collisions with parked cars. He adds that cars fitted with winter tyres are less likely to lose traction on snow and ice.
Denna Bowman, Head Office