Lorry and van drivers are, statistically speaking, some of the safest drivers on the road, being involved in the least amount of traffic accidents. According to the Department for Transport, motorcyclists and cyclists are the most vulnerable road users, but that doesn’t mean commercial vehicle drivers get off lightly.
Whether you’re a commercial van driver or a cyclist, there’s a lot we can all learn, about why traffic accidents happen. Knowing what are the main causes, can help us minimise the risk of being in a road accident ourselves, as well as helping to protect those around us – in terms of our passengers and other road users.
Driver error or reaction – the biggest cause of traffic accident
Driver error is by far the biggest cause of road traffic accidents on UK roads. This umbrella term covers [...]
Building up your No Claims Bonus is a sure-fire way to lower your insurance premiums – but it isn’t the only way. Many insurance companies are prepared to lower your insurance premiums, if you can prove you’re a safe van driver. Of course, you should always drive safely, but it doesn’t hurt to use one of the following methods to prove that this is the case.
Telematics devices (also known as a black box)
A black box is a small device that’s fitted to your van, that sends data back to your insurance company. It records information about your driving style, including how hard you break, how you handle cornering and whether you have a heavy right foot. This information is then used to calculate your premiums every three months, based on how well you [...]
Many business owners will, at some stage, want to change their company vehicles. This inevitably leads them to wonder what’s the best option for their business – leasing or buying? Traditionally, buying a vehicle was seen as a sounder business decision, since you own it outright and have no ongoing costs (other than your tax and insurance etc). However, with an influx of small to medium-sized business joining the commercial market, things are changing and opinion has swung into the opposite direction. For many, the idea of leasing their next commercial vehicle is now considered to be the smarter choice.
Leasing – you don’t own it, you rent it
What was once considered to be the biggest downsides to leasing, is now seen as a major benefit. Yes, you don’t own the vehicle [...]
A NEW-look Ford Transit Custom has been revealed, with more safety kit and a frugal new ECOnetic version as the highlights of the face-lifted version of the UK’s top-selling van arriving early next year.
Outside, the Transit Custom’s new look is designed to follow Ford’s latest passenger cars and consists of a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps.
The lights in particular, are available with the latest technology such as the signature LED daytime running lights and powerful HID Xenon headlamps.
New-look Ford Transit CustomModern cockpit It’s not just the outside of the Transit Custom that gets a new look, the inside is completely new too, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design that can be seen in the all-new Fiesta with a floating, tablet-inspired eight-inch colour touchscreen with [...]
Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off its all-new 4×4 double cab pick-up, the X-Class, and it goes on sale in the UK this November with customer deliveries starting in early 2018. Continuing Merc’s already established relationship with the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Citan), X-Class is based on the underpinnings of the latest generation Nissan Navara and the upcoming Renault Alaskan. UK variants will be built in Nissan’s state-of-the-art facility in Barcelona.
Drivetrains From launch there will be one engine option in the UK, a re-worked version of the 190hp/450Nm Renault/Nissan 2.3-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel. Four-wheel drive (high and low range) is selectable electronically and there’s a six-speed manual transmission fitted as standard with a seven-speed auto ’box available as an option. UK buyers, however, will have to wait until the summer of 2018 for the [...]
Automatic vans are on the rise, as more people are seeing the benefits of them. With Ford launching new automatic options for their ever-popular Transit and Transit Custom models in 2016, most commercial van manufacturers are now producing automatic versions of their manual vans. But which is best for your needs?
When it comes to making the choice between manual and automatic, it really does come down to driver preference. However, there are options to consider, as detailed below.
Type of driving and overall driver comfort
If you’re looking to do a lot of city driving, an automatic may be a better option for you. The problem with all those stop-starts is your legs can really start to feel it, due to the constant clutch depressions! Having an automatic model gives your calf muscle a well-deserved rest and can [...]
Nissan have spent the last 80 years building pickup trucks, and it shows with the latest Navara model range. The steering is responsive, making it easy to corner and control at speed and the material and quality of the Navara are first class.
Here’s our ten reasons why we think you’d love the Nissan Navara.
The Nissan Navara achieved a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety test, impressive safety features such as Forward Emergency Breaking system and two ISOFIX child seat mounts. All models also come with 7 airbags as standard and LED daytime running lights.
The driver’s seat is both leather and powered. The ride itself is comfortable, as the Nissan Navara is fitted with multi-link rear suspension, to minimise bounce and offer a more comfortable ride. The Double [...]
The pickup truck market is going through a bit of a boom at the minute – and is it any wonder! More savvy business owners are embracing the versatility of the pickup and, with motor companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Fiat, Nissan, Isuzu and Ford all creating some great vehicles, there’s plenty of choice in the 1 tonne mid-sized pickup market.
But what are the benefits of having a pickup as your next new business vehicle?
The ultimate dual purpose vehicle
There’s no doubt about it, the 5 seater, double cab varieties are winning in the popularity stakes. They give the ultimate in flexibility – a sturdy work vehicle for during the working week and a useful and comfortable family car for the weekend – ruling out the expense of investing in [...]
Deciding what sized van to buy for your next commercial vehicle, can be a big decision to make. With a staggering array of choice and size available, it can be a potential minefield and often, it’s easier to just opt for the biggest one you can afford. But is bigger necessarily better, when it comes to choosing your next van?
Now and in the future…
One of the biggest factors you need to consider when selecting a van, is the size of load you’ll be carrying on a regular basis. However, it’s not just what that load size is now – you also need to take into account your future needs too. When your business has grown, will your new van still fulfil your requirements?
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