Whether you love it or hate it, winter is here, and as per usual it’s likely to bring rain, snow and ice. Challenging driving conditions mean that it’s more important than ever to keep your tyres in good condition. Apart from regularly checking the depth of the tyre tread, what else do you need to do to look after your van tyres?
1.Check Your Tyre Pressure
Keeping your van’s tyres inflated to the correct pressure is vital for several reasons:
When your tyres are under-inflated, your van will not handle as well, so putting yourself and other road users at risk. If they are over-inflated, they may overheat and will be at increased risk of failing.
The second reason to keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure is to protect the environment. If the tyres are under-inflated, your van’s fuel efficiency will be lower, and its CO2 emissions will be higher.
Save yourself some money
Vans with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance and so use more fuel than they need to. Over-inflated tyres are at greater risk of damage and are likely to need replacing more often.
2.Check for Damage
Some common reasons for cuts and tears on your tyres include impact between the tyre and the kerb or driving over potholes or other irregularities on the road surface. If you spot any damage, get your tyre checked as soon as possible as the tyre will be at increased risk of failing. Kerbing can also cause wheels to get out of alignment and lead to further uneven wear on the tyres. Heavy emergency braking can also result in “flat spots” on the tyre, so if you have had to brake sharply, get your tyres checked soon.
3.Your tyres are your responsibility
New regulations including the Duty of Care and Corporate and Social Responsibility place responsibility squarely on the driver of the vehicle for checking that it is maintained in a safe condition. Keep yourself and other road users as safe as possible this winter by making fortnightly tyre inspections part of your regular van maintenance.
Doing a lot of driving around the Christmas period? You might want to read this before you do. The festive season can present a number of challenges when driving a van, such as excessive traffic, adverse weather, and slippery road conditions. Here are four tips on how to prepare your van for the Christmas break.
1. Keeping your van in working order
You might be using your van less frequently during the Christmas period, especially if you have time off work or the weather is particularly bad. Remember – the cold can damage any electrical or mechanical components in your vehicle, especially your battery. Plan ahead and if your battery begins to malfunction, use a trickle charger to help it start in cold weather. You might also want to keep some jump leads in your boot in case of an emergency.
2. Prepare your van engine
Your van engine might take much longer to get going when the temperatures drop, so steer clear of using full power and limit any revving until the motor has reached operating temperature. Making sure your vehicle’s oil is also working well can prolong the life of your engine and save you a lot of time and hassle in an emergency situation.
3. Stay safe
In adverse weather like heavy rain or snow, it is imperative that you stay safe when on the road. You must ensure that your van lights are clean, and that mirrors and windows are clear. Take some time to clear all snow or ice from your van before driving, and remove any snow that has fallen from your van that could provide an obstacle for
pedestrians. You might also want to take greater care when planning your journey. Check the latest traffic and weather reports on local television or radio stations, and find alternative routes if the weather is particularly bad.
4. Book your van for a service
If you suspect something is wrong with your van, book a service as soon as possible. It might take longer to get the van repaired during the Christmas period, so always plan ahead.
For many people, their van is their second home. They use it to transport the kids to and from school, for work, road trips and a wide range of other things. With all that living, this can mean that before you know it your van becomes cluttered and messy. Here are a few easy ways to keep your van clean and organised.
Throw Away the Junk
Things tend to build up over time and before you know it, your van is filled to the brim with rubbish. The first task is throwing away any rubbish and damaged or broken items.
Only Take the Bare Minimum with You
It’s time to work out what you really need. Be honest with yourself, do you really need a road map of France with you at all times? Take a good look at everything in your van and if you don’t use it every day, or at least every few days, don’t keep it in your van.
Clean Out the Glove Compartment
Unwanted items often end up in the glove compartment and before you realise, you have a rubbish nest in there. Take a good look at your glove compartment and throw away or remove anything that you don’t really need. Now you will have more space to store the things that you do need in your van.
Find Places for All Your Essential Items
Invest in storage boxes so that you can store items in them without taking up too much space. Plastic storage boxes are particularly good because they are see-through, allowing you to see what you have inside without having to rummage through loads of boxes.
Keeping the Seats and Floor Mats Clean
Dirt and rubbish can easily build up on the seats and floor mats of your van. Invest in a vehicle vacuum cleaner and try to use it every week. You should also shampoo you mats and seats every once in a while to stop them from smelling like sweaty pillows.
Cleaning the Windows
The windows often get overlooked when cleaning vans. Make sure you give those windows a good clean with a good window cleaner.
Now you can sit back and chill in your clean van space. Ahhhhh.
It is mandatory that all vehicles be insured and vans are no exception. However, is it necessary? Well, van insurance has lots of advantages, most of which protect both your wallet and livelihood. The following is an outline of some of these.
You get the benefits when you really need them
Each time you take your van out for a spin, to work, or transporting family and relatives, you are generally not only risking your bank account, but also yours and potentially other people’s lives. These are risks that apply to all vehicles on the road as they are all susceptible to accidents. When they happen, there are bound to be unforeseen expenses, which can sometimes be very high as a result of injury, direct damage to assets, and liability lawsuits. That said, a policy that has high compensation limits, collision, as well as medical payments coverage, can save you thousands of pounds.
You save time
When you insure your van, the insurance company takes over the post accident process and works with the other driver’s insurance company. It also guides you through the processes of claiming, finding a reliable repair shop and also getting the settlement. In the event that you are in a collision with a driver who has no insurance, the company can help cover the costs through the uninsured motorist coverage. This will not only save you time, but also money.
It gives you peace of mind
The roads today have their fair share of beginners and careless drivers, and van insurance protects you from paying for the mistakes of others. It offers liability protection against the lady tweeting while driving, the woman applying makeup while on the driver’s seat on the highway, and the intoxicated teen who took his mother’s car to go partying. The good news is that getting comprehensive van insurance coverage covers all these aspects saving you a lot of hustle when accidents occur.
Insurance covers your own mistakes
A lot can go wrong on the road, including the fact that your own van can develop complications at the most inappropriate moment, for example develop brake failure while going down a slope dramatically increasing the odds of causing an accident. Adverse weather conditions can also result in poor visibility and tire grip, consequently leading to accidents. However, the fact is that some of the aforementioned situations may cause you to be liable for accidents occurring as a result, but the good thing is that van insurance also covers these.