Car insurance: Sun, Sven and shandy warning for drivers

Monday, 05 June 2006

Driving authorities are concerned the combination of sunshine and alcohol may be too much for the nation's drivers – and are urging football fans to leave their cars at home if they go to watch the World Cup.

The idea of a bright sunny afternoon and a cool beer may sound irresistible to some, but drivers are being warned that just one pint mixed with bright sun can often make people drowsy – and a danger on the roads.

People who drink in the afternoon are also urged not to drive in the early evening and those watching the later kick-offs are advised not to drive until the next day.

Andy Sutton, from the Local Government Association, told GMTV: "Pubs are expecting to sell millions of extra pints every time England take to the field. The worry is that this will lead to a significant increase in drink-related accidents and fatalities on our roads.

"Get out and support the team but people who drink and drive are risking their own life and the lives of other road users."

Drivers who are caught drink driving not only face a ban and fine but also increased car insurance costs, as motor insurance providers up quotes for drivers convicted of motoring offences.

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