Plan The Trips Ahead Of Time
Keep in mind, every mile your van travels will add to your costs. If you plan your trips in, around and beyond Manchester shrewdly, you can reduce the number of miles and save time. You might consider combining trips while not affecting the quality of your service. Always pay attention to road and traffic conditions. There are times you might have to go a little out of your way to avoid congestion or poor road conditions but you could actually save on fuel and time.
Ensure The Van is Loaded Properly
As I’m sure you know, loading the van properly, will not only give you better stability and safety but will make the van easier to control. Heavy cargo should be placed lower and toward the centre of the van. In turn, the centre of gravity will be low to keep the van balanced and stable.
If there are items not loaded properly or securely, they can easily topple over or get thrown during the trip. Loose items can become damaged or damage other items. The best approach, ensure items are tied down so they can’t bump into other items. Once the van is loaded, make sure the door is locked.
Emphasize the Importance of Safe Driving
Make sure your driver is in control when involved in an accident no matter how many years of experience they have. Outside of the obvious situations and the costs, poor driving practices can endanger the lives of others on the road.
Unlike cars, the total weight will depend on the weight of the cargo. A shift in weight can alter the ability to stop. If the driver is dealing with wet or icy roads, even small variations in cargo can turn into huge variations when it comes to the distance for stopping. Most experienced drivers know they must adjust their braking distances depending on the load and road conditions.
Driving a car vs a van is a very different situation. If a driver moves from a car to a van, they must be familiar with the requirements for driving the van.
Vans and cars have a completely different layout for controls and dashboards. It can take a driver some time to get used to. Some vans have a sixth gear for fuel control. Not using this gear will increase the cost of fuel by burning more fuel.
In general, a van is taller than a car which means clearance is a big issue. The overhead of some bridges and underground parking facilities might be too low for a van to enter. Also, vans take more time to maneuver or turn and are more difficult to park vs cars.
Some speed limits are different for cars than vans on some roads. Also, a van does not have a centre mirror or a rear window like a car. The driver of a van must rely on the side mirrors and windows to navigate.
Steady Speeds Save On Fuel
The roads around Manchester are pretty busy, a heavy van takes longer to accelerate and slow down. If the driver is constantly braking or accelerating, they are probably going too fast for the road conditions.
For driving comfort and fuel efficiency, encourage your drivers to go at a comfortable steady pace.
For van stability and to prevent cargo from being thrown around while navigating a curve, the driver should go slowly and stay to the outside of the bend as much as possible.
Promote Regular Maintenance
Maintenance service is essential for heavy-duty vehicles like vans and it’s really important to have them checked on a regular basis. There are many safety risks when vehicles have poor maintenance. This practice is increased with commercial vehicles due to their heavy usage patterns.
Encourage your drivers to perform daily and weekly checks so problems can be spotted before there is an accident or the van breaks down. Other conditions such as paint damage can be checked every day. Drivers should check tyre pressure and the functioning of lights at least once a week. Oil and other fluid levels should be checked every two weeks.
Do Not Put Off Routine Services
A regular routine service is the core of good van maintenance. Make sure your Volkswagen van is serviced by a specialist VW van centre like Volksmaster in accordance with the schedule requirements of the manufacturer. Regular service will give you better performance, fuel efficiency and safety. A regular service will also reduce the risks of breakdowns.
For an excellent Volkswagen van service in Manchester, visit our Van Centre in Oldham. Whether you have a fleet of vans or just the one, you can rely on us to give your van a thorough inspection. We are Volkswagen specialists offering a technically equivalent service to the main dealer or better but also with that personal touch and at a much lower cost.