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Media Announcements in 2015

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December 2015

Two thirds of drivers don’t know what the drink-drive limit is
New research from The Co-operative Insurance has revealed that almost two thirds (60%) of drivers have no idea what the legal drink-driving limit is.

Short-term festive fun: pets still abandoned after Christmas as families can’t cope
A pet should be a lifetime commitment, not just bought on a whim as a gift, yet each year more than 30% of UK dogs are abandoned in the first three months of the year, following the festive period.

Unluckiest pets in the UK revealed
If you own a Labrador dog called Alfie or a crossbreed cat called Oscar, chances are you may be taking an unexpected trip to the vet anytime soon.

Learner drivers at risk of losing their licences this Christmas
Research has revealed that 17% of learner drivers have acted as ‘designated drivers’ over the festive period and been relied upon to drive people home after a Christmas night out.

As a storm brews on the horizon - The Co-operative Insurance offers tips to secure your home
Following last week’s Storm Clodagh, The Co-operative Insurance saw a nine-fold* increase in storm claims following strong winds and heavy rain which damaged homes across the UK.

Danger Day: 5th December is the riskiest day of the year to drive
Motorists are being urged to take care this coming Saturday as it is officially the most dangerous day of the year to be on the roads.

744,000 drivers say they will be over the limit when they drive this Christmas
A huge 744,000 drivers think that they will be over the legal alcohol limit when they get behind the wheel this festive season according to shocking research by The Co-operative Insurance.

November 2015

Seasonal staff – how to ensure Christmas is a season for your business to be jolly
As many small business owners will be looking to recruit seasonal staff for the busy Christmas period, The Co-operative Insurance is urging employers to take steps to ensure their insurance cover is valid in preparation for the festive season.

Black Friday = safer roads
Whilst ‘Black Friday’ offers bargains galore to consumers, it also comes with an added benefit of safer roads with a reduction of accidents and collisions on the UK’s roads.

Don’t present burglars with an opportunity this Christmas
To help people keep their valuable presents safe this Christmas, The Co-operative Insurance spoke to ex-burglars to find out what put them off when it came to targeting homes in the past as thefts are most prevalent in the winter months.

Fires due to electrical faults increase 29% over three years
The proportion of fire claims caused by electrical faults has jumped by 29% in the last three years, now accounting for almost a quarter (23%) of overall fire claims, according to figures from Co-op Insurance.

‘Paws for thought’: Avoid stressed pets this Bonfire season
With Bonfire Night fast approaching, The Co-operative Insurance offers its top tips for keeping pets safe.

October 2015

Accident prone homes: £5bn of contents at risk
More than 12 million households in the UK - almost half (46%) - don’t have accidental damage cover according to new research from The Co-operative Insurance, leaving more than £5.6bn worth of contents at risk, from burns on the carpet to broken glassware and electrical items .

Home owners beware: 38% spike in home thefts when clocks go back
Figures from The Co-operative Insurance have shown a huge spike in home and motor claims when the clocks change and daylight saving time ends.

The Co-operative Insurance celebrates response to latest social campaign
The Co-operative Insurance has received a fantastic initial response to its brand new social media campaign – Nostalgia FM – seeing over 35,000 visitors going back in time to when they passed their driving test.

September 2015

100,000 parents currently ‘fronting’ their children’s motor insurance
New research from The Co-operative Insurance reveals that around one hundred thousand parents are currently ‘fronting’ motor insurance for their offspring.

Nostalgia FM – motoring memories
New research from The Co-operative Insurance has revealed that we are a nostalgic nation of drivers with four in five motorists associating their first set of wheels with fond memories from their past.

Dog allergies triple in a year
New data from The Co-operative Insurance shows dog allergies have tripled in the last year mirroring the upward trend in human allergies.

August 2015

Keep your distance this Bank Holiday weekend
With the Bank holiday exodus upon us, new research by The Co-operative Insurance reveals that tailgating tops the list of motoring annoyances in the UK.

Pet owners spend five thousand pounds in hidden costs
New research by The Co-operative Insurance has revealed the hidden costs of pet ownership, with cats and dogs costing their owners on average an unexpected £5,000 over a lifetime.

Homeowners lack basic security awareness
Millions of homeowners are committing the most basic security faux pas which could put their property and belongings at risk during the peak holiday months according to new research from The Co-operative Insurance.

Speed knowledge being tested to the limits
Despite speed being one of the main causes of road accidents in the UK* new research by The Co-operative Insurance shows that over a third of drivers are motoring along Britain’s fastest roads, with no idea what the speed limit is.

July 2015

We'd rather hide our mess: cleaning hits the dust
Homeowners today would rather hide their mess as new research from The Co-operative Insurance* reveals that cleaning is dying out.

Co-operative Insurance to tackle social isolation and loneliness with British Red Cross
Following a decisive vote by its members and colleagues, The Co-operative Group has announced that it will partner with the British Red Cross to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

Unhappy homes: DIY leads to relationship cracks
DIY is a key source of aggravation among households, as two in five have argued with a loved one about it (42%) according to new research from The Co-operative Insurance.

Over 6,500 motorists driving on the roads with over 12 penalty points
A Freedom of Information request by The Co-operative Insurance to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) has revealed that there are currently 6,523 motorists* currently on the road with over 12 penalty points on their driving licence.

June 2015

From speed to selfies: drivers behaving badly
Speed, braking and motorway driving continue to be the main themes of bad driving, however social media is now playing a role in bad driving behaviours.

First time buyer mistakes leave property and belongings worth £1.5bn at risk
New research from The Co-operative Insurance reveals that half of first time buyers don’t budget for home insurance when stepping onto the property ladder (47%).

Death of the green P Plate?
New research by The Co-operative Insurance reveals almost 70 per cent of drivers never used a P plate when they passed their test (68%).

The Family Pet Show signs up headline sponsor The Co-operative Insurance
The Family Pet Show launched the countdown to 2015’s October show today with the news that it has signed up new headline sponsor, The Co-operative Insurance. The show will run from October 3-4 at EventCity next to The Trafford Centre.

March 2015

The Co-operative Insurance Saves Young Drivers £7.2m in their first year
The UK’s first major insurer to reward 17-24 year-olds for responsible driving, The Co-operative Insurance, has saved its young drivers more than £7.2 million* in their first year of driving since launching the scheme in March 2011.

Co-op reveals 9million UK cats and dogs aren’t insured
New research released by The Co-operative Insurance, highlights that whilst 17million* UK households have cats and dogs, over half (53%)** of them are not insured, meaning that owners could face unexpected, costly fees if anything were to happen to their pets.

February 2015

End of the road for the garage
Gone are the days of protecting the family car from the elements as two fifths (42 per cent) of UK homeowners never park their car in the garage, and almost a third of people (31 per cent) have either converted their garage, or are considering doing so, according to new research issued by
The Co-operative Insurance.

January 2015

Industry first as Co-op updates Young Driver Insurance to accelerate safer driving skills
Customers with a Co-operative Insurance Young Driver policy will shortly have access to a range of safety modules via their online dashboard.