As reported in the media recently, there are several driving law changes that you need to be aware of in 2018. Here’s a lowdown on what these changes are and how they affect you.
New driving test changes
Although these changes won’t directly affect you, it does mean you need to know about them, as some will have an impact on the roads you’re using. How? Well the biggest change is learner drivers will be allowed to drive on the motorway, provided they’re accompanied by an approved instructor – and driving a car fitted with dual controls.
Other changes to the driving test will see an end to reversing around a corner and turning-in-the-road, as these will be replaced with reversing into a parking space. Candidates will also have to follow [...]
A dropside van is the perfect vehicle for builders and landscape gardeners. Not only do they allow for the transportation of heavy or awkward materials, they also make it easy to load and unload them. However, as with any van selection, choosing a dropside van isn’t always easy, especially when it’s for commercial use. You can’t just narrow down your selection to what one you prefer the look off, as you need to factor in the functionality and practicality too.
Factors to consider when choosing a dropside van: Know your limits
Many commercial van providers cater for the standard van driver, who has a standard car driving licence. However, your licence plays an important part in your overall choice, as if you passed your test before 1st January 1997, the chances [...]
For many labour, trade and delivery-based businesses, the use of a commercial van is essential. Without their own vehicle, many tradespeople would have no business. However, for many, the expense of getting that vehicle can prevent them from starting a business at all. If you’re looking for a cheap van leasing is a viable option. It saves you having to find a large chunk of cash and it allows you to get mobile, faster.
But is it a viable option for you and how cheap is van leasing exactly?
In simple terms, van leasing is where you pay an initial deposit, followed by a fixed number of set payments, over a period of months. At the end of the period, you can pay [...]
As you know, the team at Totally Vans love new vans and getting you the best lease deals and amazing prices on vans for sale. As a reputable van dealer, we can advise on the new vans that would suit your business. One of our favourites is the Peugeot Expert – in 2016 Peugeot gave their Expert van range an overhaul, involving a new platform and better appearance, whilst a range of additional safety options were added to the equipment list.
Take a look at why we all love the newly beefed-up Peugeot Expert van:
It feels distinctly car-like: It’s great for van drivers who want to feel like they’re driving a car – unlike many other medium-sized vans.
Revised power steering: The new vans in the Peugeot Expert range have revised power steering – [...]
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 to keep an eye on during winter, as the cold weather has [...]
The WhatVan? Awards are renowned as the most prestigious independent endorsements of excellence in the light commercial vehicle industry. In 2016 the most influential title in the sector rubber stamps the outstanding performers in 13 crucial light commercial van sectors as well as revealing the top dog – the winner of the prestigious WhatVan? 2016 LCV of the Year. The WhatVan? Hall of Fame has opened it’s doors for the third time to usher in two more deserving entrants who have made exemplary contributions to the light commercial vehicle industry in the UK.
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 a dash cam.
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 claim can cost you a lot, [...]
According to Government reports, it’s estimated that 20% of all accidents on major roads are as a direct result of driver tiredness. 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.
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!
If you want to help prevent driver fatigue, here’s some tips to remember.
Plan Your Driving Day
Pre-planning your day can help ensure you’re taking the risks into account and scheduling in regular breaks. If [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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