Practical Tips for Driving a Van
For any 7 Ways Rental customer, hiring a van can be an extremely practical short term solution. Whether you are looking to take the kids stuff to university, or carrying out a large removals job, hiring a van is a cheap and hassle free option that allows you to do the job at your own pace.
If it’s your first time behind the wheel of a van, the size and feel of the vehicle might seem intimidating at first, and its not something you should approach lightly. Even for the most experienced driver, driving a van requires a great deal of care and attention. Follow our top tips before you set off and you shouldn’t run into any problems!
1- Familiarise Yourself
When you pick up your van, we will chat to you about the main features and how they work. Listen carefully and familiarise yourself with indicators, headlights, hazards, and wipers. Make sure you feel comfortable with the location of controls and how they work before you set off.
2- Loading the Van
Ensure all cargo is loaded safely and securely, with heavy objects put down first. Spread the load evenly over the floor of the van as unbalanced, overambitious loading can have a massive affect on a vans stability.
3 – Visibility
The structure of a van vastly increases blind spots, so take time to adjust your mirrors so you can see as much of the road as possible. Pay extra attention for bikes, other cars and pedestrians when reversing or parking.
4- Be Secure
It might seem an obvious thing to say, but all van drivers need to make sure all doors are securely locked before setting off. If things come loose you could end up with cargo all over the road. To avoid break ins, keep everything out of sight and if you are leaving the van unattended remove any valuable items.
5- Keep Your Cool
Don’t drive your van like a car. Take it easy and don’t rush, even if time is tight. Approach parking, reversing and turning corners with extra caution and remember to increase stopping distance to 4 seconds between your van and other vehicles.
Here at 7 Ways Rental, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service.