Car insurance: Take care driving on rural roads

Thursday, 01 October 2009

People keen to protect their cheap car insurance premiums may need to take particular care on rural roads in the coming weeks, if comments from one driving group are anything to go by.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) explained it is now the time of year when farmers harvest their crops and this often results in country lanes being made slippery with mud.

It warned even a small amount of dirt can cause a vehicle to lose its grip.

Figures provided by the group reveal mud was responsible for 696 traffic accidents last year.

Chief examiner Peter Rodger said there were certain places where the problem may be more pronounced.

He stated: "If you're driving on a rural road, keep an eye out for indicators such as tractors in the fields and straw or tractor tyre marks on the roads."

Meanwhile, IAM recently offered other advice which could help motorists avoid a car insurance claim.

It urged drivers to check they have sufficient tyre tread depth to deal with wet conditions.

Written by Rick Malone

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