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Pump and run

In this week's news, we look at how prevalent "pump and run" has become, how many British motorists will be driving abroad for the first time this summer, and the most common jewellery item claimed on home insurance.

Figures reveal prevalence of "pump and run"

Petrol pump in use.

Filling up your vehicle and driving off without paying's a criminal offence, yet a new survey has revealed more than 25,000 British motorists did this last year.

Nearly three quarters (74%) of those who committed the offence said they had simply forgotten to pay, but only half of these drivers actually returned to the garage to settle up.

The most worrying finding of the survey was some motorists are happy to "pump and run", with more than one in 10 (12%) saying they had deliberately done so as they had no means of paying.

Fuel retailers in the West Midlands were found to have been hit the hardest by "pump and run" drivers. Fuel prices steadily risen over the past three months and have added 9p so far this year, this could be a contributing factor to the frequency of "pump and run" incidents.

Quarter of British motorists will drive abroad for first time this summer

Did you know?

  • The average motorist spends £119 per month on fuel.
  • 7% spend up to £200 per month to keep their car on the road.
  • 16% of people who don't pay for their fuel are caught and fined.

While a quarter of UK motorists will drive abroad for the first time this summer, one in five will do so without any preparation, new research's revealed.

The reasons given for not preparing were feeling there was "nothing to prepare for" (33%) and believing their history as a "careful driver" meant they didn't need to prepare, which was cited by around a fifth of respondents.

What's more, over one in 10 felt driving abroad was "much the same as driving at home". The research also revealed widespread confusion about certain road rules among those driving abroad for the first time.

Of those surveyed, almost half admitted not knowing the speed limits for all the types of roads in the country they plan to drive. Furthermore, nearly a quarter said they didn't know if the speed limits were signed in mph or kph.

Most common jewellery item claimed on home insurance

Whether it's an item given to us as a present or something we've inherited, jewellery can hold significant personal value.

While a survey revealed 17% of respondents believe they own jewellery that could be considered vintage or antique, more than two fifths confirmed their pieces were't accounted for on their home insurance.

Of those with insurance, over a third didn't know if their policy has a single item limit.

The most common jewellery item claimed was:

  • Rings (22%)
  • Watches (12%)
  • Earrings (10%)
  • Bracelets (7%)

Theft and accidental loss were the most common reasons for a claim to be made, cited by 41%, while accidental damage was given as the reason by 18%.

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