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swiftcover.com has found that more than 6.8 million parking tickets were handed out in 2011, compared to 6.5 million in 2010. This is despite a 5% cut in active local council traffic wardens between 2010 and 2011.
Last year more than 70,000 parking tickets were disputed every month – with many of these proving successful.
According to swiftcover.com the top ten cities (excluding London) where parking tickets were handed out were:
1. Liverpool (includes bus lane offences)
5. Brighton & Hove
swiftcover.com warned that although it may be an easy option to park illegally it can be dangerous, and you could end up with a fine. Furthermore if your car causes an accident as a result, then the insurer could request some of the bill to be paid by the at fault motorist.
So, next time you’re thinking of parking on a double yellow…think twice.
May 25th, 2012
This year’s annual Vehicle Vandalism Index carried out by swiftcover.com revealed that the Fiat 500 was the UK’s most vandalised car of 2011/12 with a rating of 3.62. This has overtaken the Lexus IS which was the most vandalised car in 2012/11. In second place came the BMW Z4, followed by the Peugeot 207 and BMW X5.
The research revealed that prestige cars make up three of the top five most targeted brands, and ‘everyday’ cars were significantly less likely to be vandalised – the Ford Focus (which was the UK’s bestselling car for 2011) had a score of only 0.87.
Robin Reames, chief claims officer at swiftcover.com, said:
Our analysis shows that although luxury cars are still more likely to be targeted by vandals, owners of everyday vehicles shouldn’t consider themselves immune.
He also suggested these few tips which motorists can use to protect their cars:
• If you have a garage – use it to keep your car safe
• Use special sheets designed to cover cars to make your car less prominent
• Use a motion activated light as this will also help deter vandals
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April 15th, 2012
According to a recent survey by online home insurance provider swiftcover.com, Britain is gluing and screwing its broken household items together more than ever.
Brits have spent £700m replacing broken domestic items in past 12 months and around 15 percent have attempted to repair them.
Despite this huge sum being spent replacing household items, 1.2 million British households (three million people) are eating and drinking using plastic cups and plates, presumably because of difficult economic circumstances.
James Barclay, home insurance expert at swiftcover.com, commented “Although millions continue to replace broken items around the house, many are making do, repairing damaged items or in extreme situations, using plastic plates and cups. There’s clearly a growing acceptance that money is tight so getting the glue out or making do, is now most definitely back.”
The survey also revealed brits have been particularly careless in the kitchen. 65% of domestic items broken are broken in the kitchen, with 2/3 thirds of people recently breaking a cup and over 50% breaking plates, bowls or other kinds of crockery.
November 11th, 2011
On Wednesday 12th of October; shoppers at Westfield had the chance to ride in the fast lane thanks to swiftcover.com.
In partnership with Screach, Swiftcover created the UK’s first live interactive gaming screen out of a 72 sheet billboard in the Westfield shopping centre. Shoppers used their smartphones as video game controllers, and along with up to ten members of the public, they were able to play controlling a motion controlled car on the screen.
‘The 60 second challenge’ driving game was the biggest London has ever seen, and all participants had the opportunity to win prizes and gifts all day.
Amanda Edwards, senior marketing manager at swiftcover.com, said: “It’s a very exciting project for us as we’re always striving to do something slightly different to the norm, and this certainly fits the bill. We’ve been active in digital outdoor for some time but it’s the first time we’ve introduced gaming interactivity to our marketing activity. Being able to connect the game with people’s Facebook pages gives it a personal touch so they’ll be able to share their driving successes with their friends and family.”
On the day, shoppers downloaded Screach to their Smartphone and entered a unique code which was displayed on the screen. After that they were battling it out with fellow shoppers to have their name up in lights.
October 13th, 2011
As of the 31st August Swiftcover goes mobile and it is now possible to get a car insurance quote on your mobile through the Swiftcover mobile app.
The key feature of this app is that there is no need to download it to your device. If you log onto swiftcover.com it will redirect you to a mobile site which has been optimised for some of the leading devices including iphone, black berry and android.
This comes on the back of more than 50,000 visitors to swiftcover.com accessing it via mobile every month.
The website now adapts to a specific mobiles specifications and screen display, which means a much smoother and satisfying user experience as well as no need to scroll left and right to view the site properly as you would on a standard desktop site.
Customers will be able to both get a quote as well as buy insurance through the mobile site on meaning saving time and hopefully money when renewal time comes around.
September 13th, 2011
According to recent research by swiftcover.com; over five years Britain has resigned £500 million pounds worth of electrical gadgets to the bin.
Overall since 2006, the British public have spent £1.5 billion pounds on over 300 million gadgets. This works out to an average of six per person, demonstrating the explosion in mobile and handheld technology over the last decade.
With devices being continually upgraded in increasingly short periods; the rate at which phones, mp3 players, televisions and other gadgets get disregarded has dramatically increased. 35 per cent of all gadgets bought in the past five years are no longer being used by the original owner.
The final resting place for 60 percent of gadgets is completely unknown but figures suggest they don’t all end up in the bottom of drawers or in shoeboxes under the bed. 19 percent of brits say they recycle their gadgets while 21 percent say they give their gadgets to friends and family.
There is also a noticeably different approach to unwanted gadgets between men and women. 40 percent of woman hand down or recycle their gadgets while 31 percent of men preferred to sell or discard their gadgets.
All this points to gadgets becoming entrenched in day to day life, but they are increasingly expensive.
Worryingly 29 percent of people who have bought a gadget in the last five years assume their gadgets are covered by contents insurance; which can be the case but not always. This leaves gadget enthusiasts exposed to huge financial costs should they lose or damage their gadgets.
August 5th, 2011
It’s two weeks to go until the Isle of Wight festival starts, and if you want to go it’s not too late to get some tickets…
swiftcover.com are giving away two pairs of weekend camping tickets for this years fantastic festival! There will be a great line up of bands including Kaiser Chiefs, The Courteeners, Foo Fighters and Kasabian to name just a few.
It looks set to be the one of the best Isle of Wight festivals ever. To enter the free prize draw, visit facebook.com/roadology and you simply have to upload a photo of the craziest item you would like to take with you. It’s open to everyone so tell your friends about it too. Good luck!
May 27th, 2011
Up to one million Brits are planning to go abroad this year to enjoy their pre wedding festivities. But the foreign office has issued a warning advising travellers against celebrating too excessively, as this can clash with local customs and could cause trouble.
According to the Daily Mail, Foreign Office spokesman Phil Lord said:
Stag and hen dos are all about having a great time but the celebrations can come to an abrupt end if things go wrong. Cultural differences mean some people will take offence to risqué fancy dress costumes and rowdy behavior. So, to avoid a hostile reception from the locals or even spending the weekend in jail, make sure you research your destination and know your limits.
swiftcover.com has also advised travelers to ensure they have adequate travel insurance cover in place before setting off on a trip abroad.
May 13th, 2011
Alan Partridge’s car of choice, the Lexus IS, is the most frequently-vandalised car in Britain, according to the swiftcover.com Vehicle Vandalism Index (VV Index).
The VV index found that the majority of vandalised cars are prestige cars. Here is the list of the top ten targeted cars:
1. Lexus IS
2. BMW Z4
3. Mini One
4. Mercedes CLK
5. Audi TT
6. Mazda MX-5
7. BMW X5
8. Skoda Octavia
9. BMW 525
10. BMW 530
Robin Reames, claims director at swiftcover.com, said:
Our analysis shows that luxury cars are more likely to be targeted by vandals however it’s interesting to see the Mini ONE in the top three. The majority of vehicles in the top ten are what we call ‘executive cars’, likely to be driven by high earners who see their car as a status symbol, with just one 4×4 making up the top ten.
Here are a few tips to help protect your car from vandals:
Park your car in a garage (if you have one)
Install security motion lights or cameras
Use a car cover
Get a car alarm system
And always remember to lock your car doors (its easy to forget)
May 11th, 2011
swiftcover.com has launched a new quarterly index which rates the nation’s feelings about different aspects of life.
The index found that the top concern which has driven people to be unhappy is the rising petrol prices. On the other hand, family life was the area which brought people the most happiness.
The top five areas of unhappiness were:
1. Petrol prices - 61%
2. Government’s actions - 58%
3. Local council’s actions - 44%
4. Financial pressure’s - 42%
5. Crime levels - 38%
The top five areas of happiness were:
1. Family Life - 62%
2. Relationship - 58%
3. Social Life - 41%
4. Savings - 26%
5. Income - 26%
The index also found that the average person in Briton only gets 2.5 hours of ‘me time’ each day. With this free time almost half of Brits look to get out and about to see interesting sites across Britain. Swiftcover have done their bit to help everyone enjoy their road trips, by launching their Roadology Facebook page. Roadology enables users to plot journeys and discover interesting places to visit along the way.
May 5th, 2011