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6 Top Tips to Get You Saving Fuel

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Here are six tips you can use to save fuel and they apply to cars, vans and lorries. Above all, keep your speed down and you will save more fuel in the long run.

1 – Drive more carefully
Drive carefully and do not go too fast and you will save more money. There are a lot of haulage and delivery firms that have added tracking hardware into their vans and trucks. It records the location of the vehicle, hard braking and heavy acceleration. It also records jerking and sharp cornering and reports it to the head office. Drivers may be disciplined by their bosses if they drive carelessly or wastefully.

2 – Have routine services
Servicing your vehicle on a regular basis is the best way to ensure your vehicle remains fuel-efficient. Between services, you should take note of any fuel consumption anomalies.

3 – Lighten your load if you want to save on fuel
Less weight means less fuel. Studies showed that if you drive 12,000 miles per year, then having a moustache will cost you £5 per year.

4 – Remove exterior racks and other accessories when not in use
Your vehicle is built to be aerodynamic. The drag from something such as a window open is tremendous and costs you extra fuel money, so you can imagine how much your racks and other exterior accessories are costing you.

5 – Turn off your heater or air conditioning
Air conditioners use fuel to operate and some heating systems do too, so turn them off if you want to save fuel.

6 – Keep your tires topped up
Having your tires at the wrong pressure can add up to a larger fuel bill. If they are over inflated, then you run the risk of a blow out if you have a heavy load and you risk wearing out your tires earlier than usual. If your tires are under inflated, it will cost you more fuel in the long run and may also wear out your tires before their time.

Citroen Relay voted ‘Best Heavy Panel Van’

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There is no quick way to design a heavyweight van that is 100 per cent perfect, and suits the requirements of everyone that buy it. Vans need to be reliable mechanically, and tough enough to cope with the variety of jobs that they are called on to do. At the same time, as an owner you will naturally want good fuel economy, a safe ride and have the sort of comfort that you probably would not have expected even from your family car ten years ago.

If you want to know if such a van exists, then the answer has to be a definite yes, as the Citroen Relay has all of these qualities and more. To win the award of Best Heavy Panel Van, you obviously need to be the best, and with the Relay it is safe to say the French company Citroen have come up with a winning formula.

Raising the standard for the rest to follow, the Relay went through more of an evolutionary facelift rather than something revolutionary in 2014. The 35 L3H2 HDI 130 now has a six-speed manual transmission, giving first-class performance, and adding to a rather distinctive mix of load carrying practicality.

The Relay offers the highest payload in its class. This is 1,525 kg, which is way ahead of its closest rival. The load compartment is also set out to deliver the maximum space and ease of loading and unloading.

As you would expect in today’s technological age, this van comes with a shed load of gadgets. These include air conditioning, sensors for parking, Bluetooth hands-free, sat nav, remote central locking, cruise control and touchscreen audio software.

It’s fuel efficient too, at 38.2mpg, and comes with state-of-the-art intelligent tracking control and underbody protection.

As well as offering standard panel vans, Citroen has new models for specialist purposes, which is an excellent idea. Included in the range, you have Luton vans, dropsides and tippers. These a quality conversion models that come with a full company warranty that covers the conversion job, and the chassis.

The Citroen Relay is a shining example of what to expect when a vehicle manufacturer gets everything right.

The Advantages of Owning a Citroen Dispatch

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Citroen’s Dispatch has become one of the most popular vans in UK with its diesel and petrol engines. This model offers a potential 40 per cent savings in fuel costs which is one of its biggest advantages. The Citroen Dispatch comes with 2.0 litre 16-valve unit and has a powerful engine with a torque rating of 180. Citroen’s diesel engines are amongst the best on the market and produce less emission than the petrol engines.

The stylish Dispatch van has an appealing chrome-finish grille that reaches up to the headlamps. This model looks robust and dynamic, with clean fluid styling and wide rubbing strips that protect the car in case of accidents. If you want something different from a van, the body size and style of the Dispatch is ideal for you. This van has a carrying capacity of up to 1000 kilograms and comes with a powerful pneumatic suspension that is ideal for city car parks.

The cabin of a Dispatch is quite roomy for its size and there are 3 seat configuration settings that make them comfortable, especially in long drives. This is perhaps due to the wide gap between the driver and passenger seats. When you are parked up in the lay-bys, you can take advantage of the flat dash-top that lets you spread out your paperwork and there is plenty of storage above the windscreen.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of owning a Citroen Dispatch is its low running costs as it can deliver up to 62.8 mpg on the fuel. This is good for a van that can carry a load of up to 1000 kilograms and the service intervals are every 20,000 miles. In addition, the CO2 emissions are under 183g per kilometre and every van comes with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Looking After Your Van This Winter

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If you are not planning to use your van every day through the winter months, it is vital to take certain precautions. Protecting your vehicle during the colder months will ensure it can be used again at the start of spring. To help you with this task, go through the following tips and use them as a checklist.

Check the antifreeze level on a weekly basis and if needed, add the coolant mixture as appropriate. Another most common cause of breakdowns in winter is the battery. If your battery is older than 5 years, it may be time to replace it with a new one.

You should also check that all your lights work properly. If necessary, carry spare bulbs just in case. Your van’s tyres should have at least 2mm of tread. For convenience, you can opt for winter tyres as they improve safety.

As damp and condensation are most likely to build up inside of your can over the winter months, you may end up with mouldy carpets and seats. If left untreated, the bodyshell of your vehicle can get damaged. To prevent this from happening, open the windows to circulate air every once in a while and place a bowl of salt inside the van for dehumidifying reasons.

If you are not going to be driving your van very often in the winter months, certain areas of the vehicle may get damaged or cracked. It is best to keep the van in an enclosed garage in order to prevent tyre damage. But by far the simplest way to reduce stress to the vehicle is to move it every so often as this ensures different parts of the vehicle are on the move. Don’t forget to check the van’s tyre pressure as this will help preserve the tyres over winter.

By taking the above precautions, you can rest assured that your van will stay in tip top condition throughout the winter months.

 

Why a Citroen Berlingo Would be Right for You

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With its versatile design, ability to carry loads of up to 885 kg, and aids to make driving easier, the Citroen Berlingo offers many reasons for you to choose this high-quality and reliable van.

Space

The Citroen Berlingo’s design offers a load space volume of 4.1m3, allowing you to carry two Euro pallets. Two body types are available: L1 can transport lengths of up to 3.25m, and L2 lengths of 4.1m. It has wide, sliding side doors and asymmetric rear doors opening to 180° which allows ease of access. Loading and unloading are safe and easy, while its versatile EXTENSO® cab design, with no gear lever, seats up to three people. The crew van option offers extra seating for up to five: this is easily removable when you wish to turn your Berlingo back into a conventional van. Further flexibility is offered by refinements such as an opening roof that will allow you to carry longer items such as poles and ladders.
 

Economy

Competitively priced when new, and economical to run, the Berlingo boasts figures of 61.4mpg, amongst the lowest of its class. Co2 emissions are only 133g/km, making it one of the more environmentally friendly vans. For the ultimate green option, the micro-hybrid technology of the new e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 engine combines very low CO₂ emissions of 118 g/km with maximum fuel efficiency.
 

Driveability

Driving aids on the Berlingo assist you to drive in safety and comfort in the most challenging conditions:

The Berlingo has an advanced anti-skid system that adapts to driving conditions to improve grip. The selector allows you to choose one of the four driving modes to suit your current driving conditions – normal, snow, sand or all-terrain.

For improved safety when driving on steep slopes, Hill Start Assist holds the vehicle still for two seconds to give you time to move your foot from the brake to the accelerator.

On longer trips, the speed limiter makes for more relaxed driving, keeping the Berlingo at the speed limit you select.

If these fantastic benefits sound right up your street, take a look at our full Berlingo range today.

How to Prepare Your Van for the Christmas Break

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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.

9 Tips to Help You Master Driving in Heavy Rain

Isometric White Van Flooded in Two Positions

Autumn has rolled round and you know what that means for us brits? Rain, and lots of it. Be prepared for hazards and increase your chances of staying safe when driving in heavy rain by following the tips below.

1. Delay your journey, drive only if it is an absolute necessity. Plan in advance, and be careful to avoid areas that are prone to flooding. Allow extra time for the journey, as there may be traffic congestion.

2. Adapt your driving to suit the weather conditions. Adhere to stopping distances in poor weather. Avoid sudden moves such as reckless steering or sudden braking that may unbalance the car and lead to skidding.

3. Only attempt to navigate flood water if you are certain of its depth, and keep to a slow, steady speed to avoid creating waves.

4. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle immediately ahead of you, remember the two second rule. Be aware of the actions of drivers around you, especially in heavy rain.

5. Try to avoid driving through water that is fast flowing as, even in a good sturdy van, you may easily get swept away and serious damage may be caused to the vehicle.

6. If you do drive through flood water, keep to the highest part of the road. If possible, observe other vehicles to judge the depth of the water. Flooding the engine may cause it to stall, and deep water may actually float the vehicle off the road.

7. If you find yourself aquaplaning, (tyres gliding along on the surface of the water, instead of the road surface), do not brake sharply but gently ease off the accelerator to avoid skidding and let the van slow, while you steer in the direction you’re headed. The tyres will eventually regain contact with the road surface.

8. Do not try to restart the engine if it cuts out after driving through flood water, as the engine may be damaged. It is better to call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally checked. Remember to also have the brakes tested to ensure they are in good working order.

9. Remember to take emergency supplies on your journey as you may be delayed. A flashlight, blankets, snacks and hot drinks are essential.

Citroen Nemo named 2014 Best Light Van

Citroen Nemo Multispace Front

A high payload and spacious loading area makes the Citroen Nemo stand-out as one of the most practical light vans found on Britain’s roads. And at the Van Fleet World awards show this year, the judges certainly seemed to agree. The Citroen Nemo came out on top in the ‘Best Light Van’ category, despite fierce competition.

Dan Gilkes, editor for Van Fleet World, cited the Nemo’s ‘versatility and load carrying capabilities’ as qualities that set it apart from its competitors, including ‘car-derived launches in the last year.’

Jeremy Smith, the Head of Commercial Vehicles and Business Sector Operations at Citroen, was understandably delighted with the award, stating that ‘Citroen is pleased that the Nemo’s load carrying versatility and efficiency has been recognised.’

Now that we’ve heard from Citroen and a Van Fleet World judge, let’s take a look at what all the fuss is about.

Why So Many Love the Nemo

Adapted from the Fiat Punto, this Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) offers a choice between diesel and petrol. The petrol engine comes with the standard X specifications, whilst diesel can be paired with one of four models.

Both engines predate the Nemo and have been tried and tested. As such, they have excellent reliability and low running costs. The petrol engine runs at 40 miles per gallon (MPG), whilst the diesel engine is more efficient at 50 MPG. Petrol prices are cheaper, however, so both engine types balance out on running costs.

As the Nemo is modified from the Fiat Punto, its responsiveness and feel is like that of a car. The power steering is light and the mirrors provide a wide angle view, making it easy to manoeuvre at any speed.

Of course, the main consideration is storage space, which the Nemo is lauded for. In comparison to a hatchback, there is twice the load-space, and the Extenso seat provides the option to increase the length of the loading area.

Overall, the Nemo combines practicality and efficiency, making it an ideal light commercial vehicle.

6 Ways to Keep Your Van Clean and Organized

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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.

4 Ways to Keep Your Van’s Engine in Tip Top Shape

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There are many benefits that you get when you perform regular maintenance of your van’s engine. One, it makes it last longer. Secondly, it’s cheaper in the long run. By regularly carrying out preventive maintenance of your van’s engine, you save a lot of money you would have spent in repairing the engine when it breaks down. Here are some of the maintenance tips meant to help keep your engine in good shape for a long time and save you money for repairs.

 

Changing Oil Regularly

Engine oil becomes dirty over time. This causes it to lose viscosity which is necessary for keeping the engine from the effects of wear and tear. To prevent this from occurring, it is important that you change the engine oil regularly so that it does not get dirtied. Usually, manufacturers haves specific guidelines on when and how you should change the oil. However, it is advisable that you change the oil ahead of the time recommended by manufacturers.
 

Maintenance of the Transmission

To replace or repair a faulty or damaged transmission, you need hundreds, or even thousands of pounds. Yet most of the problems that the transmission often faces can be prevented easily with proper maintenance. This maintenance is not complicated. It involves periodically checking of the level of the transmission fluid when the van is running to make sure it is always at the correct level. After every 3,000 miles of running, make sure you change the filter of the transmission fluid and the fluid itself.
 

Regular Changing of the Air Filter

Once the van goes for around 10,000 miles, replace the air filter. This will keep away dirt and other unwanted materials from the engine, thus helping it keep operating at maximum efficiency.
 

Regular Change of Fuel Filters

Build-up of moisture in the engine can often have negative consequences. You should always have the fuel filter changed regularly to prevent this debilitating build-up.