As we’re only a month away from winter, we figured it would be a good idea to give you a winter driving recap. Why? Because it’s easy to get complacent during the summer months and that can leave us unprepared for the colder seasons. With the majority of winter accidents being caused by icy roads and low visibility, it pays to know in advance, what you need to do, to minimise your risks and protect yourself, your van and your business. Van maintenance this winter and driving preparation really comes down to three main areas – maintain, protect and prepare. Here’s an overview of each.
Van maintenance this winter
It goes without saying really, your van should always be well maintained. However, there are specific things you need [...]
If you spend a lot of time on the road, you’re more likely to be involved in a traffic accident or insurance claim – it’s the law of averages. This isn’t about you being a bad driver, it’s simply because you’re on the road for longer periods of time than other drivers. Add in the fact that fraudulent insurance claims and ‘cash for crash’ fraudsters are on the increase, you’ll want to protect yourself and your no claims bonus! That’s why it’s a good idea for van drivers to invest in dash cams.
How dash cams can be a worthwhile investment
Dash cam sales have surged in the last 4 years – and is it any wonder? Settling an insurance dispute or [...]
According to Government reports, it’s estimated that 20% of all accidents on major roads are as a direct result of driver fatigue. When you add in the fact that 40% of those accidents involve commercial drivers, it’s something that commercial van drivers need to take notice off and try to avoid van driver fatigue.
The most common times for sleep-related accidents is early morning and after lunch. Interestingly, males under the age of 30 tend to be most affected, possibly because they overestimate how capable and ‘with it’ they are. When it comes to the after-lunch slump however, it’s the older men that are more affected!
How to prevent van driver fatigue – tips to remember!
Plan Your Driving Day
Pre-planning your day can help ensure you’re taking the [...]
With a commitment to reducing local emission, Ford are launching a multi-million-pound project to boost productivity for urban drivers, whilst helping support London’s cleaner air targets. With 280,000 commercial vehicle journeys in London per day, it’s understandable that the project is supported by both Transport for London, as well as a £4.7m grant from the UK Government-funded Advance Propulsion Centre.
The project itself, consists of a 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom Vans that will be provided to a cross-section of commercial fleet operators across the City. Fleet operators chosen include the Transport for London fleet – who’ll have three vans for freight duties, as well as the Metropolitan Police – who’ll have two vans; one unmarked van for forensic support and a second one for traffic accident second response.
Advertising can be extremely expensive for a small business, with many opting for paid options such as local magazines, newspapers and directories, and these are all advertising opportunities that can have a limited return on the financial investment. However, many commercial van drivers are missing out on prime, free advertising space – by not getting signs created for their van.
It’s understandable that not all businesses feel the need to advertise, especially if their customer base is that of other businesses, but if you’re a tradesperson who relies on continually attracting new customers – a sign-written van is a must. It not only makes the most of a free opportunity, it’s also a very effective platform to use.
According to a recent study, if you drive around a large town or city, your van [...]
Prior to vans having power steering and turbo diesels, the change from car driving to that of vans, was considered quite a jump. However, most modern vans are now built with similar, and sometimes better, options than those of their car counterparts.
However, this are some things you still need to consider, when making the switch – and here are the main ones to remember.
Rear view limitations
Many vans, do not have a rear-view mirror, initially leaving the typical car driver feeling a bit lost. However, you do have huge wing mirrors and a higher seating position, meaning you can actually see a lot more or the road, than you would from your car. Depending on the options your van has, you may also have a reversing camera and/or parking sensors, to help [...]
The onset of stricter emissions regulations, along with the desire to reduce pollution, it’s understandable that savvy business owners are looking for a greener solution to the vehicle requirements. Electric vehicles have been around since the early 20th Century, but they weren’t considered to be serious contenders, as their limitations far outreached their benefits.
However, all that has changed. As a result of major investment during the last several years, electric vehicles are now becoming a more desirable option – and Renault have now made going electric easy and affordable, for the standard business owner.
Renault Kangoo range options
The Renault Kangoo range has two electric options – the Z.E. and the Maxi Z.E. LL 21 i-Maxi Z.E. 44kW Auto, with crew bus option. Both models are 5 door automatic models, with two [...]
The Ford Ranger series comes in a variety of model options, but by far the most popular is the Wildtrak. There are cheaper Ranger editions available, including The Limited 2 – but the Wildtrak has bigger wheels, more luxurious interior and better accessories. Here are 10 reasons why we love the Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
#1: Build quality
As with any Ford commercial vehicles, the Ranger Wildtrak is built to last. This 4×4 Pick-up truck has been designed to cope with harsh environments, tough jobs and will even wade through water 800mm deep – whilst still offering an exceptional driving experience. The Wildtrak has a double, five-seat cab, 18-inch alloy wheels and comes with a variety of colour options.
#2: Power and economy
The Wildtrak comes with a Duratorq TDCi 147 kW (200 PS) [...]
On 23rd October 2017 London’s new T-charge will come into effect. Mayor Sadiq Khan has pushed for the implementation of this new toxicity charge, in an effort to cut back on the harmful pollution caused by older model vans and cars. It’s designed to help improve the air quality in our capital city, but it’s also been met with fierce opposition – making it a political hotbed, with some critics calling it ‘pointless’.
But how does it affect vehicle owners who have to go in and out of the City on a regular basis? Here’s an overview of what the new charge is all about and how it’s going to affect commercial van drivers.
The T-charge will affect both petrol and diesel engines
The most important thing to remember about this toxicity charge [...]
Panel vans are one of the most popular commercial van types you can buy. However, they are not suitable for every type of business – especially if you need a larger load space of are carrying awkward loads.
Deciding on the ideal van body type for your business can be a major decision to make. As with any commercial vehicle purchase, you need to take into account the load size and weight you’ll be carrying, as well as what access options they will give you. Here’s an overview of the other van body types available out there, along with why they may, or may not, be suitable for your business.
The box van gives you a cuboid-shaped load area, that is fully enclosed. This makes it both secure and [...]
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