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3 Ways to Look After Your Van Tyres This Winter

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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:

Safety
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 Environment
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.

What Size Van Should I Buy?

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Buying a commercial van can be a challenge, especially if you can’t determine the right size to suit your needs. Of course, there is always the option of hiring a van rather than buying one, which can be a good option if your budget is limited. Here are some considerations when selecting the right van for your business needs.

When it comes to transporting goods from one premise to another, size definitely matters. Bear in mind that the equipment you have needs to fit in your vehicle, so it is important to consider the floor space as well as engine capacity and resilience. If you are going to do lots of starting and stopping, you need to make sure your van has a large engine size.

Heavier tools demand power steering so you should make sure your chosen van has this feature. This means that the road tax and insurance costs will be higher.

When choosing the most suitable van for your business needs, it is worth researching and seeking recommendations from reputable dealers. For larger loads, you should consider transit vans with higher roofs and larger wheelbases in order to maximise the space. The Citroen models can easily take the extra weight of heavier loads.

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On the other hand, if you only need a small van for local trips, you should consider the smallest engine size for fuel efficiency and lower tax bill. The door arrangement will also play an important factor in the type of load you need. Some transit vans come with sliding doors for easier access, and some have extra features such as built in rollers on the floor for better portability of tools.

Finally, it is worth checking the previous insurance claims of the van to ensure it has not been written off or stolen. This is especially important if you are buying a second-hand vehicle from a private seller.