The snow may have melted, but the insurance claims are flooding in from motorists, a leading supermarket warned.
Bald or incorrectly inflated tyres would have added to hazardous driving conditions over the past few weeks, which has left car insurance firms with 45,000 claims worth £63 million, according to estimates by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance.
Checking tyres pressure and making sure they have plenty of tread to grip the roads should remain a number one priority for motorists, as the weather is likely to still have nasty surprises in store for the UK.
Joanne Mallon, Sainsbury’s Car Insurance manager, said: “Last week was one of the busiest weeks we can remember for car insurance claims.
“Drivers in this country aren’t particularly familiar with driving in snow and ice and the conditions in many parts of the country were probably the worst many have experienced.”
Echoing advice given by AA and esure last week, Ms Mallon added: “If more severe weather arrives, we would advise people to only make essential journeys.
“Apart from the danger to themselves and other road users, drivers could be putting themselves at extra risk of losing their no-claims bonus should they have an icy prang.”
Katherine Clarkson, etyres National Accounts executive