Safety Tips For Driving A VanDecember 18, 2014
At this time of year the roads can be a treacherous place, this is especially true if you’re attempting to drive a van. The days are darker than any other time of the year and the inclement weather can pose all sorts of risks.
This month, to help you better prepare for driving a van, we’ve put together some safety tips for you to utilise.
Checking The Vehicle
We’ve spoken about the importance of checking over your vehicle prior to a long journey before, but it bears repeating. You will be responsible for the vehicle and you need to ensure it is in an appropriate condition to be driven.
Key things for you to check include whether the headlights are working, whether the windscreen fluid is topped up and whether there is enough fuel for the journey. These three things could all be vitally important and prevent a breakdown or an accident whilst you’re driving. Other important things to check are tyre pressure, tread depth, mirror placement and seat position.
Don’t Get Lost
While it isn’t the end of the world if you get lost, you can put yourself and others in danger if you become flustered. It’s never a great position to be in but you can avoid unnecessary stress by planning out your route journey. You can even pick up a sat nav to help with directions – this will prevent you having to make any dangerous maneuvers or having to go down unfamiliar, unsuitable roads.
Stick To The Speed Limit
This is a super simple tip which everyone should already be adhering to since it’s the law. When you’re driving a van you have to consider that your stopping distances might be different, something which snow, rain and ice can all impact differently too.
While it might be tempting to put your foot down you should resist, stick to the speed limit and you’re less likely to be involved in an accident. It’s better to be late than to not reach your destination at all.
Parking a van is not the same as parking a car, you have to think about the dimensions of your van. Greater width, height and length all make parking that little bit more difficult for a van. You need to ensure you don’t fall foul of the law with your parking, you should also make sure you aren’t blocking any traffic – you could find your van damaged if you park in tricky spot. Think about how you’ll get out of parking spot if you squeeze your way in; leave room at either end to make it easier for yourself.
The way you load your van can impact the way it handles when driving. You don’t want to be distracted by boxes and items falling about in the back as you drive, so ensure you pack things into your van tightly. Place heavier items on the floor and spread them out evenly, you can then load smaller items and the weight shifting in the back of your vehicle. Read our article on safely loading a van here.
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