Tips and Tricks for New Van Drivers
Congratulations on passing your driving test and becoming a van driver! Driving a van is a great way to make a living, but it does come with its own set of challenges. The prospect of manoeuvring a larger vehicle on the roads may feel a little daunting, but actually driving a van is no more difficult than driving in your normal car once you get used to it.
To help you approach your first van driving experience with confidence, the experts at Van Sales UK have put together some tips and tricks to help you navigate the road as a new van driver:
As a van driver, you are expected to know and follow the rules of the road, including speed limits and road signs. Make sure you are familiar with the highway code before hitting the road.
New vans come with a variety of features and technologies, so take the time to familiarise yourself with the controls and settings of your van. It may sound obvious but make sure that you know how to turn the lights and windscreen wipers on so that you’re not caught out by a sudden downpour. This will help you to drive more confidently and safely.
Driving a van is different from driving a car, and it can take some time to get used to the size and handling of your vehicle. You may feel pressure from other drivers to speed up or pull out before you’re ready. Don’t be afraid to take it slow and steady as you gain more experience on the road.
Vans have larger blind spots than cars, so it’s important to take extra care when changing lanes or merging on the highway. Always check your mirrors and look over your shoulder before making a move. It’s worth doing this twice before you pull out just in case there is a cyclist or pedestrian that you didn’t initially spot. Take your time to check.
Being a van driver often comes with the responsibility of making deliveries, so it’s important to plan your route in advance. If you have a sat-nav, type in the address in advance and have a look at the whole route overview before you set off. This will help you to avoid traffic, and save time on the road. It will also give you peace of mind as you’ll know where you are going and are less likely to get lost.
Regular maintenance and upkeep of your van is crucial to keeping it running smoothly and avoiding breakdowns on the road. Make sure to check your oil, tires, and brakes regularly, and keep up with any scheduled maintenance.