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Churchill offers tips ahead of winter weather

08 February 2011

Churchill Insurance has told people how to make sure they don't suffer at the hands of the impending cold weather.

Research by the car insurance provider reveals that motorists are putting themselves at risk by failing to properly clear their windscreens.

With over half of motorists also leaving their car running as they head back inside in the mornings to warm it up, the company also highlighted the importance of being insured against theft and making sure to lock your doors whenever you are not in the vehicle.

It is estimated that as many as a quarter of males do not clear their windscreens despite the risk of reduced visibility, with those in the 25-34-year-old age group the most unlikely to do so – in fact, 37 per cent of this group claimed they do not have time to ensure full visibility before driving off.

Interestingly, a regional divide was also highlighted by the Churchill research, with motorists in the south-east the safest, as 84 per cent claimed to never drive with poor visibility. Over 65s were also found to be a safe group, with 92 per cent stating they do not drive with poor visibility.

Tony Chilcott, head of car insurance at Churchill, said: "Opportunistic thieves must be delighted with so many drivers leaving their cars running unattended.

"Drivers should allow an extra 10 minutes in the morning to clear their cars. If there is snow on top of your vehicle when you drive off or you are unable to see clearly, you risk a fine and in some cases, you could receive points on your licence."

When it comes to the top methods for clearing a windscreen other than using a traditional scraper, hands were the most popular option (45 per cent), followed by a credit card (36 per cent), hot water from a kettle (26 per cent) and a CD case (20 per cent).

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