Car insurance: Fly St George but do it safely, says RAC

Friday, 02 June 2006

Beers are on ice up and down the country and the crosses of St George are fluttering all around in preparation for the World Cup – but road experts are warning drivers to be extra careful if they attach an English flag to their car.

The RAC Foundation has warned English drivers that, although the flags can enhance road safety by giving drivers a feel-good factor and reducing road rage, ill-fitted flags could cause damage.

A roadside check spotted an average of three fallen flags per mile on one English road – with many of these around areas where cars picked up speed.

This means the plastic attachments of the flag can go whipping backwards, easily cracking a car windscreen or causing a driver to swerve and crash.

Many car insurance deals will make the driver pay for small damages to windscreens, although adequate and cheap car insurance is vital in case flapping flags send drivers careering off the road.

Motorcyclists are particularly in danger, as the flags can hit them as they drive along, get caught in their wheels or obscure their vision.

Sheila Rainger, campaign manager of the RAC Foundation, said: "It is great to see motorists using their cars to support the national team. We want to see flags flying proud – not diving into the gutter, which could result in a penalty."

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