Leading Insurance brand urge greater driver awareness after Olympic Champion is involved in road accident. Easy Gap say new figures show a higher incident rate in winter

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The recent road accident involving Tour de France and Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins and new figures released by Easy Gap Insurance highlight the dangers of winter road use say the leading insurance brand

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Road users should show greater caution on the lead up to Christmas

Leading UK insurance provider Easy Gap, have urged improved driver vigilance as a famous sportsman and his coach suffered separate road accidents within a day of each other, as new figures show a surge in incidents in winter months.

British Tour De France winner and Olympic Gold medalist Bradley Wiggins was reportedly involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra whilst cycling near his home in recent days. His head coach, Shane Sutton, was also knocked off his own bicycle the following day*.

An Easy Gap spokesperson explained why the brand is backing driver awareness amongst Britain's road users, and revealed new figures to show how more Easy Gap claims occur in the final quarter of the year.

“Fortunately, both Bradley Wiggins and his coach are expected to make a full recovery. However, is not always the case when it comes to road traffic accidents, as a lot end in fatalities, horrific injuries or vehicles and property being damaged or 'written off.'

This incident certainly proves that if this sort of thing can happen to as skilled professional like Bradley Wiggins, think of how easy it is for everybody else to be involved in an accident. This is exactly the example needed to heighten awareness on the roads, especially as the winter weather sets in.

Recent figures collated from the Easy Gap claims team show that we expect more claims in the final three months of the year, compared with any other period of the year. Perhaps this is due to daylight hours diminishing and more difficult weather conditions. Whatever the cause we do seem to see a significant rise in incidents on the run up to Christmas.

Of course we would urge greater vigilance for all types of vehicles, not just bicycles, but also cars, vans, motorbikes and more. Inclement weather and darker nights it is important to be aware of your surroundings, people are not as easy to see and cars may not appear as clear. Likewise cyclists should take extra precautions in guaranteeing their own and others safety by wearing high visibility clothing.”

Easy Gap are a leading Gap Insurance provider in the UK, providing financial protection to vehicle owners in the event their vehicle is deemed a total loss following an accident, theft of fire.

*Reported by BBC News

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