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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.

A Guide to Buying Your First Van

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When you’re starting out in business, what van you buy can has a huge influence on your profit, level of trade and efficiency. It is also worth remembering that first impressions count, so arriving at a job in a battered, tired-looking vehicle will not generate as much initial goodwill as turning up in a smart new van. Before purchasing a van you need to decide on several different factors which will determine what type of vehicle will best suit your needs.

Factors that will determine the right van for you…

Size and Type:
If you choose a van that is too large, you’ll be spending unnecessary money on fuel and may have difficulty parking it. If your van is too small, you will have to make several trips to transport all the materials and tools you’ll need.

Fuel economy:
This is often linked to size. However, many vans come in a variety of engine capacities. If you often need to transport heavy loads, a larger engine will be ideal. If your materials are more lightweight, a smaller engine will be adequate and help save you money on your operating costs.

Cabin style:
How many people do you need to transport in your van? Are you intending to replace your family car, or will you have workmates that you will be taking to jobs with you?
Will the basic model suffice or do you want extras like built in sat nav, parking sensors etc?

Cargo space:
How large your cargo area is will determine how efficiently you can work. Is the standard space suitable, or are you transporting more delicate items which would require the space to be ply-lined?

Once you have established a short-list of suitable vehicles based on your budget and the above criteria, it is highly recommended that you arrange a test-drive. Taking your prospective van for a test-drive will enable you to familiarise yourself with the handling and size of the vehicle, as well as gaining experience of the interior features and functionality.

By carefully considering your budget, needs and your test-driving experiences, you will find a van that meets all of your requirements and will serve you for many years to come.

If you are thinking of purchasing your very first van, why not visit http://citroenvansales.com/ and see what quality and value Citroen have to offer!