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10 tips for van drivers

Neil, our commercial specialist is giving you ten tips to keep you safe on the road.

Don’t overload
Overloading your van will not only increase the risk of damaging your van but it also puts yourself and other road users at danger. It is worth checking the vehicle’s manual guide. And also when loading your van make sure to distribute the weight evenly.

Check your van before setting off
It is essential to check under the bonnet and make sure your windscreen washer is full, check brake/power steering fluid level and oil. Whenever you are done checking under the bonnet make sure to have a walk around your van to check tyre pressure and for damage. Make sure to check your lights as well.

Make sure to store tools in secure storage
No one likes tools rattling around the vehicle, so make sure to store small parts and tools in secure storage to prevent you from any easily distracting noise.

Make sure to choose the right van for requirements
Before choosing a van, make sure you consider what you’ll use the vehicle for and what you need to carry.

Allow room for heavy and bulk items in the load space
Allow extra room for heavy and bulky items but make sure to secure them before setting off.

Essentials you will need to have on board
Accidents do happen, even to the most experienced drivers. Make sure to have a spare wheel, high-vis jacket, and a first-aid kit.  Also make sure to have break-down cover.

Lockable cabinets and drawers
Lockable cabinets and drawers can prevent casual theft. When parking, make sure to park your van in a busy and well-lit car park if possible. 

Organise your stock
Here at CVSL we can help you converting your van to include racking and shelving to optimise your space. Organise your stock and components in different compartments so they are easy to find. This also creates a professional image with clients.

Plan your journey
Avoid stress and plan your journey beforehand.  Try avoid rush hours and school runs whenever possible.

Take breaks
Tiredness can kill, allow a break at least every 3 hours, and if you suddenly feel really tired pull over into a safe place to park and get some rest.  Don’t start driving until you feel fully rested.

For more information on commercial vehicles and how can help driving your business get in touch with Neil today.