Car insurance: Motorists 'must not drink-drive over Christmas'

Tuesday, 02 December 2008

People who do not want to see their car insurance premiums rise dramatically should avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking during the festive season, it has been claimed.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), at this time of year individuals who would not normally dream of taking to the road after consuming alcohol may find themselves considering it.

Director of policy and research Neil Greig said, when attending the numerous social events that crop up over Christmas, it is important for people to decide from the outset that they are not going to drink or to arrange an alternative means of transport to their car.

He warned if a driver is caught drink-driving they could be looking at a lengthy ban.

"When you eventually get back behind the wheel, you will face years of sky-high insurance costs," he added.

Meanwhile, IAM recently claimed government proposals to begin motorway improvements in 2009 instead of 2011 could see accidents and car insurance claims fall.

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