IF your business involves a lot of driving, you’ll know just how infuriating it can be to see your various costs totted up at the end of the month. Between purchase costs and repairs, insurance, tax, and your fuel bill, it’s expensive to keep a van on the road. Chances are, you’re also feeling a little guilty about the toll [...]
Level crossing alert to drivers Amber warning lights at road level crossings means ‘stop – a train is coming’ Be extra cautious in icy conditions; salt cannot be laid on crossings as it increases corrosion of the rails Never assume there is only one train coming or guess when a train might come. Beware of distractions. Loud music may mean [...]
Backwatch safety mirror fitted as standard with Clarks drive-away welfare conversion CLARKS Vehicle Conversions has said it will fit blind spot detection technology to all its drive-away welfare conversion vans as standard to help business van operators protect vulnerable road users. The Doncaster based vehicle converter is doing this in support of Road Safety Week (17-23 November) with [...]
Licence permitting, it's fine to drive a van like this thumping great Movano, but it makes sense for a first time van driver to be prepared WE ALL need a flexible workforce, especially in a small business. That can mean turning your hand to new things – such as driving a van. But driving a van requires different [...]
Does the trailer suit the van, and is the driver allowed to tow it? Plenty of questions to address before you hitch a van to a trailer IF YOU want to tow a trailer with your van, there are safety and legal issues you need to know about. First, are the van and the trailer compatible? Is the [...]
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Story: COLIN DAWSON BRITAIN’S weather has always been unpredictable. And whether or not we are experiencing greater extremes of late remains a matter for debate. But there’s no questioning the fact that severe bouts of heavy rain have led to flooding in parts in the country, and driving in such conditions greatly increases the dangers of loss of [...]
BRADLEY Wiggins' accident was a timely reminder of the perils of being on the road at this time of the year. The accident rate invariably takes a sharp rise in November. Cyclists, pedestrians and motor-cyclists bear the brunt according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, being so much more difficult to see when it's wet and dark. [...]
Story: COLIN DAWSON TRADESMEN and SMEs whose businesses depend on their business vans remaining mobile must ensure they are prepared for the winter weather, warns the Freight Transport Association. In 2010 and 2011, the extreme circumstances caught out many business van operators who hadn’t made adequate preparations. In anticipation of a repeat, local authorities are building up salt [...]
Story: PETER McSEAN Businesses who dismiss driver training do so at their own risk. There are compelling duty of care reasons for taking the issue seriously – but driver training can also make sound business sense. Is the duty of care issue overblown? Is it only for larger firms? Hardly. On average, every six days 10 people die [...]
Story: COLIN DAWSON Road Safety Week provides the perfect opportunity for business van managers to promote safe driving to staff, reinforce a safe driving culture, launch new fleet safety activities, and demonstrate commitment to safe and responsible road use, says the event co-ordinator, road safety charity Brake. According to Brake, the event, which runs from 19-25 November, involves thousands [...]
Story: COLIN DAWSON Extensive periods of snow and ice are not the norm in the British Isles but, according to tyre manufacturer Goodyear Dunlop, recent statistics showed 568 accidents involving goods vehicles in the UK were the result of such weather conditions. In response, the company has launched a campaign to inform commercial vehicle and fleet owners of [...]
Cobra UK is to run a VW Transporter fitted with a speed limiter in this year's MPG Marathon
According to Cobra, a demo with a Transporter has shown a 37% reduction in fuel use - that's £1600 a year for a van covering 26,000 miles