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Roadworks lifted for Easter

Ahead of the Easter weekend, the Highways Agency has decided to suspend a majority of its roadworks. This means 98% of England’s motorways and major A roads will be roadwork free to enable clearer journeys over the bank holiday.

No doubt this news will be music to motorists’ ears as many have their fingers crossed for undisrupted travel.

Seven out of 10 roadworks will be cleared by the Easter weekend – a period referred to a busy or peak time for cars on the country’s roads. With more vehicles, however, there is the potential for more accidents. 

Vision Managing Director, Martin Wills, says: “The Highways Agency’s decision to pause many of its roadworks will certainly aid the flow of traffic. However, drivers should still be aware that they could face disruption owing to traffic accidents as there is always a heightened risk of collisions owing to increased traffic during public holidays. We often see a rise in non-fault accidents at Easter.”

A non-fault accident is when someone is involved in a road traffic incident that was not their fault but was caused by another driver.

To report a non-fault claim to Vision contact 0800 08 555 08. Vision will progress the claim on your behalf and reclaim any costs from the at-fault party’s insurer.

Vision explains ‘black box’ insurance

‘Pay how you drive’ insurance is one of the hottest trends in the industry and is often also referred to as telematics or ‘black box’ insurance. It offers motorists a more personalised policy.

Premiums of this nature are based on how, when and where a vehicle is being used and, according to the Association of British Insurers, are ‘more tailored to the users of a vehicle than is possible with a traditional motor insurance policy’.

This type of policy relies on GPS computer technology provided by the insurer, usually in the form of a small box fitted in a vehicle, which records key data about how a vehicle is being driven including, for example, cornering and braking patterns, speeds and road types driven on. Insurers then look at this data to assess the driver’s performance and, along with traditional factors such as age, occupation, vehicle type and claims history, use it to set the premium.

Telematics give motorists the means to prove they drive safety and they are rewarded for this by a lower policy rate in contrast to those who are deemed ‘less safe’. More traditional motor insurance is based on the ‘average’ driver style.

Drivers who usually benefit most from pay as you drive can insurance are those classed as high risk. These include young or new drivers as well as those who have a low annual mileage.

Not all insurers offer telematics but it is becoming increasingly popular as cost conscious motorists look for the best deals to keep costs down. 

Tony Copeland comments on future of credit hire

Tony Copeland Vision VehiclesVision Commercial Director, Tony Copeland, was recently quoted in Post – a magazine for the insurance industry – talking about the future of the credit hire industry. He spoke of the challenges ahead and reinforced a view that co-operation is the key for insurers and credit hire organisations.

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