Van Safety Tips for Autumn Travel
September 08, 2015 at 11:24 AM
Choosing to own a new or used van can be one of the best decisions that you will ever make. Not only is a van extremely useful for a number of different transportation needs, but this vehicle is also extremely safe. However, winter driving can nonetheless be quite challenging. Should you require a van for business-related purposes, negotiating inclement weather is always an issue.
Obviously, this same principle holds even more true if you take regular trips with your family. What are some of the top safety tips to keep in mind during the upcoming winter season?
Many drivers tend to overlook the fact that tyre pressure can have a very real impact on the responsiveness of their van. When it is colder out or if you expect the motorway to be wet, it is a good idea to slightly lower the pressure of your tyres. The reason behind this strategy has to do with surface area. Tyres that have a lower pressure tend to "hug" the road more. In turn, you will be provided with extra levels of traction that are necessary should you have to stop suddenly.
Always carry some basic emergency supplies in your van. A triangular reflector and a handful of road flares can let other motorists know that you are incapacitated. Also, the chances of a driver hitting your impaired vehicle are drastically reduced. A basic emergency aid kit is another must-have item. Be sure that it is stocked with gauze, bandages and a basic care manual. If the weather is expected to be very cold, stock one or two wool blankets as well as hand warmers powered by activated charcoal. Another great addition is a thermal emergency blanket. As this item is highly reflective, it can be used to signal other drivers that you are in need of help. Consider as well an umbrella!
Most vans are now equipped with anti-lock brakes. While these will obviously come in very useful, there is still the chance of sliding on a wet road. To avoid this potentially dangerous situation, never drive over the designated speed limit and take turns with a great deal of caution. When driving in traffic, always keep a healthy distance between the van and the vehicle in front of you. This is especially important if visibility is poor. If you feel that the van is beginning to slide, turn INTO the direction that it is headed and pump the brakes as opposed to applying them completely. This enables you to better control the movement of the vehicle and with any luck, you will be able to correct the turn and regain control. Pay extreme caution as well on the risk of aquaplaning, never brake, and always decelerate instead as you may lose adherence. We recommend you pull over if the rain is too strong and your wipes not efficient anymore
A van is one of the safest vehicles to own and as such a unit is equipped with all of the modern amenities, you can fully expect a pleasant journey. Still, these winter driving tips will be sure to keep you and your family safe while out and about.
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