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What Vehicles Can I Drive Using My License?

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Driving a vehicle larger than your car can be an intriguing and necessary prospect for a variety of reasons, but the rules about licencing can seem complicated and overwhelming. Below are some rules which explain what kinds of larger goods vehicles (LGVs) you can drive with an ordinary car driving licence.

You will probably know that you usually need at least a category C or C1 licence to drive an LGV, but there are several exceptions to the rule that allow you to drive one with your category B (car) licence. They are listed below.

1. You may drive a vehicle which is powered by steam rather than by petrol or diesel – for example, one that is powered by burning coal or wood.

2. If your vehicle is a road construction vehicle, and is intended for transporting a built-in piece of road construction machinery, you only need a category B licence to drive it.

3. You may drive a works truck with your car licence. A works truck is defined in this context as one that will be used in or near private premises (such as a building site), for example a forklift truck.

4. Vehicles related to agriculture (for example, a tractor, crop sprayer or combine harvester) may be driven with a category B licence if they are mostly used off public roads. The tractor must have a laden weight of 7,370kgs and not exceed 20mph.

5. You can drive a digging vehicle to and from it’s intended site.

6. There are specific circumstance in which you can drive certain large goods vehicles – it’s best if you stick to driving them between properties owned by you. For agricultural vehicles you would not normally be allowed to drive, you can only travel a distance of 1.5km or less. For non-agricultural LGVs you could not normally drive, the limit is 9.7km per calendar week.

7. You may drive goods vehicles that were manufactured before 1960, as long as they are unladen.

8. You can also drive any articulated goods vehicle that does not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes.

9. You may be allowed (depending on your occupation) to drive goods vehicles that are intended to remove obstruction to other road users or ones that can raise a disabled vehicle from the ground, and also goods vehicles used for carrying lifeboats.

While the law on driving other vehicles with your car licence can be complicated, the above rules should give an idea of what you can and can’t do.

7 Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

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Driving in heavy rain can be nerve wracking. As well as being hazardous, it can also be expensive because the wet can cause damage to your vehicle. However, many rain-related accidents and breakdowns can be avoided. Here are 7 tips to help keep you safe:

1. Is Your Journey Absolutely Necessary?

If it isn’t, stay at home until the rain clears. If you must go out, here are some steps to take:

* Check that your windscreen wipers and lights are working properly.
* Carry a mobile phone for emergencies.
* Plan your route to avoid areas known to flood.
* Allocate extra time for your journey.

2. Lights

The Highway Code says that you should put on your dipped headlights and rear fog lights when you can’t see more than 100 metres, But always turn your fog lights off when visibility gets better because they can dazzle other drivers.

3. Speed and Stopping Distance

Keep on or below the speed limit. Remember that it takes about twice as long to stop on a wet road as it does on a dry one, so leave at least five car lengths between you and the vehicle in front.

4. Spray

Large vehicles create more spray, which can reduce visibility. If you are overtaking a large vehicle, increase your windscreen wiper speed to compensate. Also watch out for potholes and dips in the road where water accumulates.

5. Standing Water

Driving through a flood could put you in danger and/or cause serious damage to your vehicle by flooding the engine and brakes or sweeping your vehicle away. If there is no other option…

* Drive slowly and at a steady pace in a low gear.
* Don’t follow another vehicle into the water because they could stall and strand you.
* Don’t assume it’s always safe to cross at a ford because the depth and flow of water can increase in wet weather.
* Once out of the water, test your brakes to make sure they are clear of water.

6. Aquaplaning

Aquaplaning happens when your tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control. To regain control, don’t brake or you will skid. Instead, slow down gradually and steer straight until the tyres make contact with the road.

7. Breakdown

While waiting for help to arrive, keep the bonnet closed to avoid the electrics getting soaked.

Citroen’s Wackiest Creations

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The French are no strangers to crazy cars, and Citroen have often been at the forefront of bizarre motors. From classics from the golden age of motoring up to 21st century wonders of modern technology, there are plenty of Citroen models that top the list of weirdest vehicles of all time!

The Citroen DS

Created in 1955, the DS was the height of revolutionary engineering when it was first designed. Abandoning the traditional suspension method of springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, this stylish new vehicle adopted a combination of pneumatics and hydraulics for a super-smooth ride that was even likened to travelling on a magic carpet! An added bonus of this was that the height of the car was actually adjustable and it could level itself automatically to adapt to any road type for maximum comfort when travelling. The DS is most famous for its role in saving the life of President Charles de Gaulle in 1962. When assassins fired on his car, causing all four tyres to burst simultaneously, the car’s innovative suspension allowed it to automatically adapt and retreat at high speed, evading his assailants. The DS became a true French hero and was celebrated throughout the rest of de Gaulle’s presidency.

Citroen 2CV Safari

The 2CV is possibly the most iconic French made car of all time, designed to give the average French worker access to motoring, however the Safari model is especially unique thanks to its unusual twin engine set up. Marketed as a four wheel drive, it used one engine under the bonnet and another in the rear. It also featured a significantly dangerously positioned fuel tank, which was located under the front seats with the fuel cap protruding through the driver’s door!

Citroen C4 Cactus

The C4 Cactus is like a concept car that has been brought into mainstream production and sale. Using the most up-to-date safety technology, its outer shell is effectively bubble wrapped, featuring “airbumps” that are made from durable plastic with embedded air pads, protecting the car and its passengers from damage from bumps and scrapes. These panels are also available in eye-catching colours to ensure the vehicle stands out from the crowd. Thanks to modern technology, it is also super-light, making it extremely efficient to drive.

Citroen Dispatch – The Ultimate Middle Van

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Overview:

First launched in 2007 as a joint venture between Fiat and Peugeot Citroen, the Dispatch has become the mainstay of Citroens mid-range fleet. Available in a short-wheelbase model L1, and long-wheelbase model L2, there is also a high roof variation of the L2 designated L2H2.

If you need to carry staff as well as goods, then crew cabs are an option, as are six and nine seat combination variants, designated SX models. A platform van with various loading options is also available.

Running Costs:

Although petrol engines were available on the earlier models, the range now is exclusively diesel using 1.6, 90bhp and 2.0 litre, 125bhp HDi engines.

Economy is the name of the game running commercial vehicles, and the engines, designed by Ford and PSA, return an impressive 42.2mpg with emissions of 177g/km for the 1.6 size, and an even more impressive 44.1mpg, with emissions of 168g/kg for the 2.0-litre.

Although the 1600 may be slightly underpowered, the fuel consumption figures put the Dispatch in the same box as the Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX, and the VW Transporter.

Load Options:

Depending on your choice of body, the Dispatch can carry 5.0, 6.0, or 7.0 cubic metres of cargo.

Unfortunately air suspension is an extra, but at a cost of 410GBP, well worth considering. It allows the rear end to drop to 491mm, lower than any other similar commercial. The package also includes automatic monitoring of the tyre pressures.

Safety and Reliability:

One of the Dispatch’s big let downs is electronic stability control is an optional extra, and not available at all for the L1H1 1000 HDi 90. Fitted with a driver’s airbag, a passenger airbag is a 140GBP option and side airbags aren’t available for any model.

Engine wise, both 1.6 and 2.0 litre sizes have a tried and tested history, and are a good reliable workhorse in commercial vehicles.

Cab and Comfort:

I’ve always found the driving position in Citroens, both car and commercial comfortable and relaxing, and the Dispatch is no different. With seat height adjustment, and steering column adjustment, the Dispatch will accommodate drivers of all shapes and sizes.

The range doesn’t have an automatic gearbox option, but the manual five and six-speed boxes have a light action when shifting up and down through the gears.

Plenty of cab storage space is available with the usual door pockets, plus cubbyholes in the dash, and a deeper bin on the passenger side. Central locking, electric windows and trip computer are all standard. If you require a higher spec cab the Dispatch Enterprise offers air-con, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and a USB socket for 880GBP.

All in all, a hard working economical mid-range van, high load carrying capabilities and an easy drive make the Dispatch a good, value-for-money, all-rounder.

7 Reasons to Work for Yourself.

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So you’ve decided to bite the bullet, give your notice in at work, and go self-employed. Or maybe you’ve graduated college, or even dropped out, because working for yourself is all you want to do. Here are 7 reasons why it could be the best decision you’ve ever made.You’re your own Boss:

Whether you have decided to become a self-employed bricklayer, open a small cafe or tea-room, or become an internet entrepreneur, you are the boss. You rise or fall by your own decisions. For most self-employed people, no matter what their field, it’s this that drives them forward.

Flexible Hours:

Yes, you can start work whenever you like. But, be warned, flexible doesn’t equate to short, or a few hours a day. Unless you have a product everyone wants, and no one else sells, you’ll be putting in longer hours than your ex-work colleagues, at least in the early days.

Reach for the Moon:

Many people start working for themselves part-time. They want to make a bit of pin money, or supplement a not-very-well paid job. Others will say they just want to earn X amount per week. Unfortunately, for the true entrepreneur that time never comes. Seeing their business grow, increasing turnover, building a reputation, is where the buzz is. Reaching for the stars is the only way to go.

Broaden your Expertise:

Whether from home, or on the internet, as your own boss you get to broaden your areas of expertise. You’re going to need to wear a variety of different hats. Become your own accounts manager. Stock control and purchase manager, and deal with all your advertising requirements. When you’re behind the driving wheel, you’ve got to do the driving.

Job Satisfaction:

There is nothing more satisfying when self-employed, than watching your business grow. Of course, if it’s not, then putting the problem right, changing things around to get it heading in the right direction, can be equally rewarding.

Nothing Succeeds like Success:

Getting your business to the point where it makes its first pound is success. You’re on the right road, success breeds success, and you’re heading toward your next pound, and more success. No doubt there will be down times, getting over them, and back on track means more success, and an increased feeling of achievement.

Tax Incentives:

Once established as your own boss, you are financially independent. Being able to work the hours you wish to earn the amount you wish. You can sub-contract work out, taking a percentage of the fee, while you are completing other work. On top of that, as a self-employed person, there are a variety of tax allowances to which you are entitled. Make the most of them.

Before taking the plunge, do your homework, and give yourself the best possible chance to succeed. Nobody said it would be easy, but it can be very, very, rewarding.

How to Lose Your Van Virginity

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Driving a van for the first time is always a different experience for everyone. Handling a van is quite different when compared to other vehicle types like a sports car or midsize sedan. Vans are taller, longer, and have different sightlines than other average vehicles.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should be afraid of purchasing one or reserving a van rental. If anything, modern vans are quite simple and easy to drive since they are endowed with similar features that you would find in many cars—small steering wheels, excellent power steering, and dash-mounted gear sticks among other features. So you just need to understand a few tips about how to drive a van before you climb behind the wheel.

Mirrors

Most vans lack rear and central-view mirrors. Instead, they have large wing mirrors that are more useful than normal car wing mirrors. When driving a van, therefore, you will depend on the wing mirrors to see what’s happening around and behind you than you do in a car. Accordingly, ensure that your wing mirrors are correctly adjusted before you set off.

Master Your Controls

Before you drive a van for the first time, familiarise yourself with a few controls of the van. At the very least, know where indicators, hazards, headlights and wipers are. Check the gears—usually placed on the left just off the dashboard and adjacent to the steering wheel. Some modern vans may have a sixth gear. Utilising the sixth gear on long motorway runs will save you extra diesel and cut down on the van’s noise. Again, get used to the brakes; they are designed to handle full load and can be a bit sharp and over responsive if your van is empty.

Driving

Current van engines, power steering, and gearboxes are pretty powerful. Accordingly, driving shouldn’t present any challenges. However, you have to be cautious when the van is loaded. When loaded, the van will be longer and wider, heavier, slower to stop, and less stable when negotiating corners. So stay calm, brake and corner gently, and look further than usual.

Parking your Van

Parking is perhaps the van’s only genuine intimidating aspect. As aforementioned, you won’t have rear-view or rear windows. To see your rear, you will need to use your wing mirrors or just stick your head out of the window (this works perfect!). You can also get your co-driver to jump out and give you direction. Just take it easy. Remember, it is not only tricky because of the parking manoeuvres; your braking distance is also longer than a normal car anyway.

Bottom Line

Driving a van for the first time can be easy, simple, and safe, as long as you are aware that a van has unique features and should be handled differently compared to an average car.

Citroen Berlingo – Your Best Mid-Sized Van

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If you are looking for the perfect mid-sized van, the Citroen Berlingo is a great choice. With many excellent features, you can choose from a range of body styles. In this article, we look at this useful vehicle and weigh up the pros and cons.

Bodystyles

There are five options available, from the smallest 625 L1 to the 725 L2 crew van. Both models use the same wheelbase although the body lengths are different, with the L2 having a longer load area.

Power

Both models are available in a 75bhp or 90bhp diesel engine, and the L1 also has a 1.6 litre petrol engine option. Recently, a entirely electric model has been added to the range, the L1H1. The Airdream model is a great choice for those looking to lower their harmful emissions.

Equipment

New Berlingos come with all mod cons, including sat nav and vehicle tracking devices together with subscriptions to both Trafficmaster Smartnav and Trackstar for three years. Buyers also benefit from three months of free subscription to safety camera alerts.

Interiors

The Berlingo benefits from a choice of bulkhead options and seat configurations, including a model that seats five.

Running Costs

Buyers will be pleased to note that the Berlingo is one of the most efficient vans in its class, achieving 62.8mpg in the Airdream model. The electric L1H1 gives drivers 106 miles of trouble free driving after a 12 hour charge It even has a power boost feature giving 80% capacity after just 35 minutes of charging time. The Berlingo also comes into the category of one of the lowest priced insurance groups, making it great value for money.

Practicality

The Berlingo offers an excellent load space which can even be extended up to 3,000mm. When compared with similar models from other manufacturers, the Berlingo has both a longer load area and can hold two Euro pallets.

Reliability

The safety record of this vehicle is very good and no serious manufacturing problems have been reported on even the oldest vehicles of this type.

Pros And Cons

Advantages:

Offers a dual passenger seat and five seater models
Option for low emissions

Disadvantages:

Cramped seating in crew model
Smaller load space than some other makes.

How To Keep Your Work Van Tidy

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‘Work is worship’ and ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ are sayings that have been there since ages, and a corollary emerging from them is the concept of a neat and tidy workplace. Research shows that a clean and organised work area enhances efficiency and productivity – be it your office cubicle or work van. Let me walk you through some tips on how to keep your work van tidy.

Your work van talks about you. A spick and span work van goes a long way in lauding your work habits and telling how methodical you are. It should not look like a junkyard with paper, napkins, wrappers and soda cans/ coffee cups strewn all around, or seats/cushions stomped over with spilt beverages.

First, all the junk should be disposed off as soon as generated. Neck deep in work, we tend to forget the mess created when we eat and/or drink something in the van or stash away invoices in the seat compartments of our work van. All the junk should immediately be thrown away or recycled, and the useful stuff not belonging to the car carefully put where they belong. Always keep a trash bin handy.

Second, the stuff in the work van should be restricted and properly organised. Usually, we look at the mess in our work van and decide to deal with it later. Thereafter, we forget and trash keeps piling up. The key is to contain the stuff carried in to the van and avoid any eatables inside. The longer the mess is around, the easier it is to get accustomed and ignore it. It is very essential that unnecessary items are kept out of the work van. Kids’ toys, pacifiers, cardboard boxes/ board games and most importantly pets are not meant to be inside work vans. Neatly put all the stationery in folders and pockets meant for them.

Lastly, the dust and dirt should be kept off. Dusting the van daily and vacuuming its interiors are good to keep it clean. A soft cloth to clean the windows and timely cleaning of the upholstery are essential to keep dust away. Keep wipes (wet & dry) handy. Washing the van every week will just clinch it.

Worship your work and keep your temple clean; that’s the mantra to keep in mind forever.

Citroen Relay: The Ultimate Van

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Overview:

The Citroen Relay has been in Citroen’s range of small/medium commercial vehicles for many years. So many in fact, its rivals, the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Volkswagen Crafter, were getting away from it. In 2014 Citroen decided it was time for a makeover.

Built on similar lines to the Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer, the new Relay has improved body styling which includes a new grille and headlights copied from the new car range, and larger than usual chrome chevrons. Optional LED headlight strips are also available and add that little extra styling.

Engine and Body Types:

The engine is the basic 2.2 litre diesel with a variety of power options from the small 110, 108 brake horse power unit; to the largest 150, 148 brake horse power version.

As one would expect from commercial vehicles Citroen have spent a long time looking at overall running costs, and fuel economy across the whole range is impressive. The smallest of the range returns a decent 41.5mpg. The 130, with the stop-start system, returns slightly higher figures at 42.8, while the L3H2, although not the largest model returns 39.2mpg.

CO2 emissions are well within range with the smallest van returning a low 175g/km, and all vans less than 3.5 tonnes, returning less than 200g/km.

Body types range from tipper, flatbed drop-side, chassis cab, and Luton box, with carrying capacity from 1,115 kg to a good 1,900 kg. Freight volumes range from eight cubic metres, to a decent 17 cubic metres in the largest L4H3 model.

Cab and Body:

Durability and reliability has been improved with the new Relay, with a view to keeping overall wear and tear costs to a minimum, while at the same time upgrading an old model to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s owner driver. Cab doors have been improved and driver’s airbag is standard.

Braking has been upgraded to include emergency and ABS. Hill start assist, and stability control are fitted as standard on all Relay models, and there are a variety of optional extras to help get away from the ‘basic’ feel of many commercial van cabs. Auto-wipers, a lane change warning system, tyre-pressure sensors, sat-nav, and reversing cameras are available.

Conclusion:

Citroen have invested a lot of time and money in upgrading a vehicle which was beginning to feel its age. Over 2.5-million miles of test driving has been carried out, and the doors have been slammed 500,000 times. With the new cab styling, and upgrading of engine efficiency and fuel economy, it shouldn’t be too long before Citroen begin to see a return on their investment.

Britain’s 7 Fastest Vans

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Finding the fastest vans in Britain can be a daunting task. There is so much choice on the market that it can be confusing to sift through all the options. To help you decide, we have listed the top 7 fastest vans in this article.

The Mercedes Sprinter
The Sprinter is one of the fastest vans in the world. It comes with a long trim on the wheelbase, which makes this van quite enjoyable to drive. You can easily change directions thanks to the stability control. These vans are undoubtedly the safest and most stable as they are well engineered.

Ford Transit
The Transit is a real contender in the van world and this time, Ford have managed to please their customers once again by injecting a little of the chassis magic into their vans. This is a truly pleasant car to drive, especially around the circuit. Its safety and strong suspension grip are really impressive. If you put your foot on the brake pedal too quickly, the stability control intervention comes into play. The Ford Transit is a well-balanced van with excellent handling, which is why so many commercial customers prefer it over other models.

Isuzu D-Max
This van offers low running costs and comes with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity. You can choose between the single cab or the double cab configurations with a maximum load capacity of 1000 kg, making the D-Max model exempt from VAT.

Ford Ranger
This rugged pick-up truck also comes with an impressive 3.5-tonne towing capacity, with a choice between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. It’s not only suitable as a working van for commercial use, but the lifestyle-oriented buyers can also find basic models that are perfect as family cars.

Fiat Doblo Cargo
This van comes in a wide range of body styles and interior sizes. It’s smooth to drive and offers 58mpg fuel economy. The secure handling is thanks to the powerful rear suspension, making this mid-weight van the best in the market.

Nissan Navara
The double-cabin Navara isn’t cheap but remains the best 4×4 pickup on the market. It’s perfect for off-road and offers lots of space in the cabin. Nissan Navara has an enviable reputation for safety and reliability and has all the storage you could ever need.

Vauxhall Movano
This versatile heavy-weight van ranges from 2800 to 4500 kg and is available in 4 body lengths. You have the option of 125bhp or 150bhp diesel power. There is also the minibus option that seats up to 17 passengers.