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Increasing numbers of British skiers failing to get insured

Filed under: Research and Statistics — Posted by: Mark on January 16, 2012

A new report has found that as many as 14% of British skiers could be heading off-piste, without any insurance, letting alone checking whether they have the right cover.

The findings come in the results of a study by building society group Santander. However, though it is shocking that one in seven British people taking to the ski slopes are not insured, the study had other surprising news in store.

It also revealed that 23% of British skiers admitted to taking to the slopes whilst still affected by drinking alcohol the previous night. Furthermore, 17% admitted to skiing whilst under the influence from drink at lunch.

In light of such findings it is little surprise perhaps that the most common cause of accidents on the slopes is drink related.

A significant number of these accidents are caused by relatively inexperienced skiers too; with drink serving to increase confidence, yet lower perception and reaction times. In many cases, such collisions can result in disastrous consequences.

Coupled with a lack of insurance, this is a recipe for disaster and the problem is set to get worse.

With the present economic climate, people are looking in every direction to cut back on costs. As a result, more and more people are risking not having adequate, or any, travel insurance.

In many countries, this is like playing Russian roulette. Even minor injuries can result in large costs, whilst the cost for medical repatriation by air ambulance can run into the tens of thousands of pounds, even in Europe.

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