Motorists warned by Police forces and insurers across the UK, about thieves targeting unattended vehicles
It’s that time of year when the temperatures drop and we experience icy mornings and frozen cars. Some manufacturers such as Range Rover have technology where you can program the vehicle to warm up at a specific time in the morning, ensuring your car is defrosted and ready to go.
Other vehicles now come with addition optional extras, including winter packs. These extras tend to have heated seats and a heated front windscreen which clears the front screen in seconds. But we can’t all afford these luxuries and have to stick with an old fashion ice-scrapper and deicer spray.
At this time of year motorists should allow extra time to get to their destination, but sadly motorists don’t leaving them to rush and take chances with their safety and vehicle. Too many drivers start their cars and leave them unattended on the drive whilst getting ready.
Thieves know drivers do this and therefore specifically target vehicles at this time of year on frosty mornings. Police and insurers warn motorists every year as winter approaches, but motorists still risk the second most valuable asset they own.
Insurers are within their rights to refuse any theft claim if a policyholders leaves the keys in the ignition unattended. If you bother to read the small print in your policy documents you will see the exclusion relating to keys and unattended vehicles.
[quote font=”1″ font_style=”italic” bcolor=”#dd3333″ align=”left”]Be smart – stay with your vehicle and never leave it unattended with the keys in the ignition, even for a second, when de-icing the windows. Thieves are opportunistic – don’t give them a free ride[/quote]
With most vehicles on HP, finance or lease if your car is stolen because you left it unattended you will still be required to pay the finance or leasing company, even though you no longer have the asset.
Give yourself extra time, not only to deice your vehicle but to get to your destination. At this time of year black-ice is another hidden danger. By allowing extra time you won’t need to rush and it is always better to set-off earlier than not getting to your destination because you have crashed your car.
Finally, never drive with a part cleared windscreen. If the police sees you driving on a public road with the majority of your vision blocked you could find yourself being given a fixed ticket or worse prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.