Get winter ready: are you prepared for the weather bomb?

Nationwide gives five top tips on how to stay safe during harsh conditions this winter

11 December 2014

With Britain bracing itself for potential chaos brought on by the “weather bomb”, Nationwide Building Society is advising people how to stay safe and be prepared this Christmas. A few simple preparations can help save a great deal of time and trouble.

Nationwide’s winter weather tips:

  1. Give your car a winter weather check – avoid breaking down by keeping your car maintained. Make sure your tyres have enough tread; check oil, anti-freeze and screen-wash levels and keep fuel topped up. Many garages offer a winter health check for a small fee which will ensure your car is ready for the cold snap.
  2. Make sure you have breakdown cover – flat tyres, minor accidents caused by icy or snowy weather conditions and a flat battery are just a few of the common reasons people need breakdown assistance over the winter months. Save a great deal of time, money and distress by having breakdown cover in place beforehand.
  3. Keep emergency items in your car – check the weather report before you leave the house and only travel if the journey is essential. If your journey is necessary, keep emergency items in your vehicle such as a blanket, extra clothes, a torch, water, non-perishable food and a shovel, which could come in handy if stuck in snow.
  4. Carry emergency telephone numbers – avoid being stranded in freezing weather conditions by having your insurance provider’s telephone number to hand. Make sure your mobile phone is charged and keep an in-car phone charger for emergencies. Also, tell family and friends where you are going before setting off on a journey.
  5. Protect your home – prevent water damage by protecting your pipes. Keeping your boiler serviced not only keeps you warm but will prevent pipes freezing and if you are going away, consider asking a friend or relative to check your home. This means if you do suffer a burst pipe, it will be detected as soon as possible.

Martyn Dyson, Nationwide’s Head of General Insurance, said: “Winter weather brings with it many challenges, particularly with ice and snow, and many of us are ill prepared. These conditions can be hazardous and it’s important to plan ahead to not only reduce the financial impact and inconvenience, but to also stay safe. A few simple steps can make a big difference if the worst were to happen, for example taking the time to understand what your home and car insurance covers you for can prevent a great deal of anxiety and expense.”

Notes to Editors

Nationwide Car Insurance

  • Up to 75% no claim discount - 75% applies if customers have 5 years or more claims free
  • £50 off car insurance - exclusively available to our main current account customers
  • Courtesy car included at no extra cost - even if your car is written off or stolen
  • European cover - for up to 180 days when travelling in EU countries
  • Personal belongings cover - up to £200 for personal belongings in your car
  • Free windscreen repair service - with no excess to pay and it won’t affect your no claim discount
  • 24-hour claim service - the friendly and efficient staff are there when you need them

FlexPlus

FlexPlus is our packaged current account with a range of features for just £10 a month. Features include:

  • UK & European Breakdown and Recovery Assistance - cover for customers in a private car and anyone driving their car with permission. Plus no limit on the number of call outs a customer can make. (Excluding vans and motorcycles.)
  • Worldwide family mobile phone insurance - for customers and their family members living at the same address. No need to register the mobile up front.
  • Worldwide family travel insurance - for customers and their family, including winter sports, golf and business.
  • Extended warranty on appliances - 12 months additional warranty on eligible household electrical goods.
  • 3% AER in-credit interest - (2.96% gross p.a.) variable on balances up to £2,500
  • Commission-free cash withdrawals abroad - we won't charge customers any commission for cash withdrawals made while they are abroad.
  • Identity theft and emergency card assistance - our identity theft and emergency card assistance services doesn’t offer insurance cover but they could help in distress situations.

Nationwide Home Insurance offers two different household insurance policies, Home Insurance, and Home Insurance Essentials,

Home Insurance includes:

  • Unlimited buildings cover for eligible properties
  • £100,000 contents sum insured (can be increased)
  • Buildings and contents Accidental Damage, including damage caused by pets as standard
  • Matching sets and suites cover
  • Cover for Personal Possessions outside the home (e.g. mobile, laptop, clothing, bags, bicycle)

Home Insurance Essentials includes:

  • £1m buildings cover
  • £50,000 contents sum insured (can be increased)
  • Optional Accidental Damage and Personal Possessions cover (can be added for an additional premium)
  • Theft and loss of keys (up to £500)
  • Cost of fixing the damage caused to trace and access a leak (up to £5,000)
  • Home Emergency cover and Legal Assistance cover are available as optional extras on both policies
  • More information on Home Insurance and Home Insurance Essentials
  • Each policy has different limits for unspecified personal possessions, pedal cycles and individual item limits (for valuables or personal effects, whether covered inside the home only or inside and outside the home).
  • Nationwide’s Home Insurance and Home Insurance Essentials are underwritten by U K Insurance Company Ltd (UKI). Home Emergency cover and Legal Assistance cover are underwritten by DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Discounts are applied consecutively, are subject to minimum premiums and can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations apply.

About Nationwide Building Society

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings and mortgage provider in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 17,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 17,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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