Safety: Driving a Van in Winter - Sky Van Hire
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  • Hainault ,
  • Ilford,
  • Essex,
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Safety: Driving a Van in Winter

December 4, 2019

Whether you’re well adept at driving a van or are just hiring one for a one-off requirement, it’s important to take extra precaution when driving in harsh weather conditions. With the cold and frosty weather here to say for a while, we take a look at some top tips for keeping you safe on the road.

Keep Your Fuel Topped up

It may sound obvious, and it’s probably something you’re used to keeping an eye on all year round, however, your fuel levels can drop at a quicker rate throughout the colder months.

Before you set off, make sure you have enough fuel to see you through your journey or plan a stop at a garage on the way. Although flat batteries are often the cause of a breakdown in the winter, running out a fuel happens far too commonly at this time of year as well.

Stopping Distances

If you’re new to driving a van, make sure you get used to the sensitivity of the pedals before you set off. Be sure to keep a healthy amount of space between you and the vehicle in front. In snowy or icy conditions, keep as much as 20 times the usual stopping distance between you and the car in front.

Gears and Revs

If you’re faced with driving in icy weather, keep in mind the old rule of high gear and low revs. In many cases, you may find it easy to set off in 2nd gear. Just remember to touch the accelerator gently as you move off.

Pack the Essentials

Before you head out anywhere, make sure you take your mobile phone and keep the battery fully charged; you can put your phone in the glove compartment if you think it may distract you whilst driving.

You may also find it handy to take a few other essentials in your van;

A squeegee to prevent a build-up of condensation
A blanket incase you break down
A torch
A snow/ice scraper

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If you’re looking to hire a van from a trusted and reliable hire company, contact our friendly team. We have a vast selection to choose from, ensuring you’ll always find a van to suit your needs. For more information on our vans, please browse our website or call 0208 550 8800. If you don’t have time to chat right now, send your enquiry through to our online contact form.