Top Tips for Parking a Van


If you are driving a van for the first time, you may be worried about the size and feel of a van, especially if you are hiring a large van, such as a Luton or a long wheelbase van.

Modern vans are much easier to drive than you might think – the models we use at 7 Ways Rental have good power-assisted steering and a small steering wheel  to make it easier to manoeuvre the van, however there is much less visibility than in a car.

Besides driving around in a much larger vehicle one of the concerns that many people have when they hire a van is ‘how will I park the van?’

So we have put together a few tips to help:

  1. Visibility- most vans do not have a rear view mirror and no rear windows. To see behind you, use your wing mirrors or stick your head out of the window.
  2. Assess the situation- don’t be afraid to get out of the van and have a look at the space you are parking in, particularly if it is dark.
  3. Get help – ask someone to guide you, particularly if you have to go into a parking bay at a sharp angle.
  4. Take it easy- if you are going slowly and steadily even if you touch another vehicle it is unlikely there will be any damage.
  5. Watch out for the rear overhang - the van body sticks out a long distance behind the rear wheels and this can cause problems when parking alongside a wall, if you turn too quickly you will hit the wall, so ease forward slowly and then turn gently.
  6. If you’re parking in a parking bay then try reversing in if possible, as this will give you a better overview of your surroundings when pulling away.

If you are thinking of hiring a van, ring the 7 Ways Rental sales team on 0161 440 0009

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