Drive Safely During Winter: Top Tips From Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance

22 January 2014

New research* from Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance shows that there are over 7% more car insurance claims during the winter months than during the rest of the year. With forecasters predicting freezing winds, ice and snow will hit Britain, Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance is encouraging all motorists to take great care no matter how short the journey.

Tom Thomson, Head of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance said: “We’ve experienced some really challenging weather these last few weeks and if the recent predictions of more bad weather are correct, driving conditions could be impacted. Taking some small steps could help to ensure a smooth, safe trip, such as ensuring your car is fully serviced, slowing down in stormy or icy weather, and keeping a safe distance from the car in front.”

Top tips from Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance to help winter drivers stay safe on the roads:

Before you set off

Whilst driving

Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide to car breakdown basics, which can be found here.


For further information, please contact:

Tom Wilson, Citigate Dewe Rogerson on 020 7282 2842

Lorna Gilmour, Sainsbury’s Bank on 0131 338 2863


Notes to Editors:

*Analysis of Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance claims last winter. This is using December, January and February as winter months and comparing to the other nine months between October 2012 and September 2013.

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Direct Line Group plc

U K Insurance Limited is the underwriter of Sainsbury’s Bank car insurance and Sainsbury’s Bank home insurance and are part of the Direct Line Group PLC. Direct Line Group plc (Direct Line Group) is headquartered in Bromley; it has operations in the UK, Germany and Italy.

Through its number of well-known brands Direct Line Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include; Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. It also offers insurance services for third party brands through its Partnerships division. In the commercial sector, its NIG and Direct Line for Business operations provide insurance products for businesses via brokers or direct respectively.

In addition to insurance services, Direct Line Group continues to provide support and reassurance to millions of UK motorists through its Green Flag breakdown recovery service and Tracker stolen vehicle recovery and telematics business.

U K Insurance is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.