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January 6, 2010

Drivers urged not to leave cars unattended

by Richard Kilner

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The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned motorists not to risk leaving their cars unattended with the engine running to defrost during the freezing weather.

As the UK remains in the grip of extraordinary snowfall the difficulties for motorists, particularly on minor roads, continue to grow.

A number of motorists have attempted to stave off the cold by leaving their engines running, only to have their vehicles stolen.

In just two hours Lancashire police recorded more than 20 such incidents, and in 2009 a gang of thieves nicknamed The Ice Bandits received custodial sentences.

Director of General Insurance and Health Nick Starling has strongly urged motorists not to leave their cars unattended with the keys in the ignition for even a short period of time.

Such action could invalidate motor insurance policies, adding to the driver’s woe.

 

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