MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM, Apr 11 (MARKET WIRE) —
UK drivers have been warned not to ‘Tweet and drive’ after a jump in the
number of accidents caused by in-car social networking.
Swinton, the UK’s leading car insurance provider, has reported a 12% year
on year increase in the number of claims for crashes caused by drivers
using Twitter, Facebook and other social network sites while behind the
wheel. Most have been minor prangs in slow moving traffic while drivers
have been distracted.
The car insurance company has warned drivers that any distractions behind
the wheel can lead to an accident, a costly insurance claim, and
potentially a conviction for driving without due care and attention.
Swinton’s advice is to turn off all mobiles, smart phones and PDAs before
driving any vehicle.
Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager at Swinton, said: “As
technology advances, we are seeing more and more drivers using smart
phones and other devices while behind the wheel – and this is leading to
more accidents on our roads. Even in slow moving traffic, writing or
reading a message is a major distraction. Our advice is simple – turn off
any electronic equipment before getting into a car for a safer journey.”
The announcement follows a survey by car accessories chain Halfords that
revealed that one in 20 drivers admitted to reading a post on social
networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, while behind the wheel.
Soaring numbers of motorists have gone beyond phone calls and are now
texting and even posting on social-networking sites while on the road,
the survey of more than 2,000 car drivers showed.
On 27th February 2007, the law was updated and the penalty for using a
hand-held mobile phone whilst driving was increased to GBP 60 and three
– With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK’s largest high street
– Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton
is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the
– 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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