Winter boots could lead to car crashes, says one insurer

As the weather in the UK turns towards more and more snow, one motor car insurance company has issued warnings to motor vehicle operators that wearing improper footwear whilst behind the wheel could lead to a car accident.

Swinton Insurance, one of the largest car insurance companies in the UK, found it necessary to issue the warning after the results of an online survey of 1,200 of its customers discovered that approximately 15 per cent of them had lost control of their cars momentarily due to wearing winter boots with thick soles.

Wearing winter boots with such thick soles can sometimes cause a motorist to step on both the brake and the accelerator at the same time, preventing the motorist from feeling the appropriate amount of pedal pressure.  An additional danger faced by drivers wearing thick-soled winter boots is that of their feet slipping off the pedals if ice or snow has accumulated on the sole of the boot.

Swinton has advised its car insurance policy holders to always wear appropriate footwear behind the wheel, even going so far as to keep a less cumbersome pair of shoes more suitable for driving permanently in their vehicles. The insurer also warned against the dangers of heavily padded winter clothing, reminding drivers to be cognizant of the fact that gloves can lose traction on a steering wheel and that a driver’s field of vision can be restricted by putting the hood up.

Swinton car insurance Insurance Development Manager Steve Chelton, stated that it is of the utmost importance that drivers stay in full control of their cars whenever they are on the road.  Not wearing appropriate footwear can increase drivers’ ability to lose control of their car dramatically, which in turn could result in a rise in their car insurance rates, continued Mr Chelton.

To make sure that drivers wear the correct footwear whenever they step behind the wheel, Mr Chelton recommended they keep a pair of driving shoes in the boot of their car.

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