Driving a Van: Safety Tips - Sky Van Hire
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Driving a Van: Safety Tips

July 25, 2017

No matter how confident you are at driving your own vehicle, driving a van can seem very different. Here at Sky Van Hire, we have put together a list of things to take into consideration, before you jump into the driver’s seat:

Take Your Time

Driving another vehicle, especially one that is considerably bigger than a standard car, can seem very daunting. The pressure of driving a van, manoeuvring the large vehicle or driving too slowly can often make us speed up or make silly mistakes that we would otherwise never make in our own cars.

When driving a van, it is important to remember that all driving rules and regulations you are already familiar with remain the same. However, you will need to carefully consider how wide you turn around a corner and the weight of the vehicle you are driving. Before you begin driving on main roads, make sure you are familiar with the clutch biting point and the stiffness of the brakes.

Load Correctly

If you have a lot of goods to transport, it can be very tempting to fully load your van, with no regard to how you are actually stacking each item. It is best practice to ensure your load is placed in the centre of the wheelbase and is as low as possible for maximum stability.

Adopt a Good Position

Vans do not have rear view mirrors and if you’ve only ever driven a car, you may find this a little daunting. However, one advantage you do have in a van is the large wing mirrors which more than make up for the lack of rear view. In order to make the most of these mirrors, remain comfortable throughout your journey and ensure all controls are in easy reach, it will be necessary to adopt a good driving position. A good driving position can also prevent you from pushing down on the accelerator too hard.

If you are looking for affordable van rental, we welcome you to contact the trusted team at Sky Van Hire on 0208 550 8800.