Vans are currently one of the most popular vehicles you can find in the UK and predictions state that their popularity is only going to rise as time passes. Vans are most especially popular among business owners because of the amount of space they provide businesses who need to transport products, equipment, or staff.
But if you are a first time van owner or driver, there are things asides from the fun of driving a van that you need to keep in mind when on the road. Some of these things include;
Vehicle insurance is something that should never be taken for granted. Vans are generally safe vehicles but accidents are unpredictable and they do happen. To protect your business van and ensure an accident doesn’t lead to irrecoverable loss, you are better of getting comprehensive insurance for your vehicle.
A good van can be quite thrilling to drive, but it’s best not to get carried away. Driving safely isn’t about protecting just yourself or your passengers but also protecting other road users as well. Other vehicles on the road, bike riders, and even pedestrians are all people you need to take into consideration while driving. Don’t mar your van driving experience or your business’s reputation with reckless driving. Also, be sure to ensure all parts of a van are in good working condition before taking it out on the road. Also be sure to keep your van clean.
Sleep when necessary
UK laws permit drivers to drive for up to ten hours per day. If you intend on spending ten hours a day on the road, be sure to get enough sleep in between your working hours. A lot of UK road accidents are caused by tired drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Make sure you avoid facing such a fate by getting enough rest when necessary.
Avoid unnecessarily straining yourself
Meeting deadlines and being punctual are important in order to guarantee a business’ reputation. But accomplishing this should not be done at the detriment of your health. Spending too long behind the wheel of a van can lead to muscle and joint pains that are capable of rendering you unfit to work in the long run. Avoid strain, stress, and fatigue in order to ensure you remain safe, productive, and healthy while driving your business van.
Be polite to other road users
Road rage is a strange yet real phenomenon that’s exhibited by drivers. It typically involves one or more drivers getting angry and actively getting into an altercation right there on the street. A driver can suffer from road rage due to either being under a lot of stress or being under the influence of stimulants such as too much caffeine. Instead of giving in to road rage, consciously endeavour to be polite and respectful to other road users. Treating other road users respectfully ensures you avoid any altercations that might cause you to detour and thus delay a client. Also, unlike a driver that’s prone to road rage, a polite driver of a business van creates a favourable public image for his/her business.