February 05, 2016 at 4:24 PM
Car drivers are known to give their van counterparts a hard time, and this is because car drivers do not have experience on how life can be in the cabin. In addition, the more miles you cover, the higher your chances of getting involved in an accident. This is despite the fact that van drivers spend most of their working hours behind the wheel.
Everybody knows under pressure goes with the territory. However, this rush is never good for your blood pressure or judgment. It is always important to consider planning for extra time when travelling just in case there are hold ups or breakdowns. This helps to stay chilled even when everyone seems to be tearing his hair out.
Nobody loves taking basic mechanical precautions before travelling but you will agree to be a bit grubby and just doing a random check under the bonnet might save the day and keep you safe. It is essential to check your fuel, tires, lights and oil before starting your journey. Additionally, ensure the windscreen washer is full just in case the weather grows bad. In the same breadth, ensure your windows and mirrors are clean.
Most short distance drivers do not get this point until they start doing those long travels. Driving positions does not mean leaning outside the window or swearing at cyclists but just making sure you are comfortable. This saves a lot of backaches, makes you do a proper adjustment of your mirrors and allows you to optimize your field of view.
Once you have gone through the same route severally, it might seem normal to set off without really thinking about the route. This factor is important whether you are doing a travel across the country or for short distances. The common tip here is always trying to use motorways because they are the safest and quickest ways to get to your destination. In addition, consider the day and time of travel. If it is possible to avoid rush hours or school runs, then do without them to save a lot of time.
Most people think the best thing is just quickly to pick up the load and put it in the back then haul it to your destination. However, even wheelbarrow users will tell you taking a moment to do the loading properly makes a huge difference. It is important to have your load as low as possible and centred to the wheelbase for easy driving. Another precaution when load lifting, take it slow to avoid putting your back out.
This would mean having a few essentials, especially when going for a long trip. Check whether you have a spare wheel, a wheel brace and a jack. Your breakdown cover should be updated. Fully charge your mobile phone, keep in mind a first aid kit and ensure you have a torch. Additionally, do not drive when you feel tired. This means having a nice night sleep before spending your day behind the wheel. In case you get tired when driving, you could do a few stopovers, or open the window for the breeze to come in. Ensure you are fully alert when driving.
If the worst happens, what remains crucial is what you do next. When you are involved in an accident of any kind, ensure you switch off your engine and put on your hazard lights. It is also important to engage the handbrake and extinguish any cigarettes. Go ahead and check occupants of the other vehicle then call emergency services if necessary. Accidents mean being ready to hand over van insurance details as you exchange for the other vehicle’s details. It is important to note down witness details and capture the scene using photos and videos. The primary precaution is never to admit guilt or liability.
Van driving can be challenging but also enjoyable with the right skill set and information.