Severe weather sees 50% increase in collision claims

11 December 2017

Driving in snow

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**

Top tips for drivers from Co-op Insurance:

No. Tips
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 ake sure you have sufficient tread depth on your tires. In snow you should aim for 3mm
5 Go easy on your breaks 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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Notes to Editor

*Co-op’s claims data comparisons of Motor Accident/Collision claims on Sunday 10th December compared with Sunday 3rd December

** https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

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