Van drivers spend more time more time on the roads than average motorists and are at a significant risk of being involved in a collision.
Did you know that 40% of fatigue-related crashes involve commercial vehicle drivers?
Staying safe on the road should be at the forefront of every journey, before setting off and ending your drive. Driving can remain hazardous whatever the season but it can be particularly dangerous in the winter months. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially after the clocks go back at the end of October) mean you need to remain compliant at all times.
Here are our handy driving tips to keep you safe on the road:
Keep an emergency winter kit in your car, especially if you’re going on a long journey. Getting stranded in winter in adverse weather conditions can bring with it a range of problems, but having an emergency winter kit can ease those problems and help you get back on the road. We recommend that you carry: a full size foldable shovel, a pair of snow grips, an emergency foil blanket and one storage pouch, all available in this winter emergency kit.
Get a good nights rest:
According to Brakes charity, drivers at 6am are 20 times more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than at 10am, one study found one in six crashes resulting in death or injury on major roads are fatigue-related. If you have an early shift ahead of you, make sure you get a good nights sleep.
Keep your windscreen clean using an interior cleaning kit, ice on a windscreen on colder mornings can leave smears that reduce your visibility. Stay compliant using our windscreen kit.
First aid kit
Everyone should carry a first aid kit in their van. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Not only can it assist in the event of a road crash, but also in less serious incidents such as cuts and sores.
Whether you are driving a small van or a large transit, we have stickers for every occasion. Whether you need a pedestrians beware sticker, it's illegal to hold a mobile phone sticker or a think bike sticker, Tachodisc has it covered.
Know your highway code
The official highway code is essential reading for all road users in whether you ride a bike, drive a car/van or drive an HGV. All road users have a responsibility to keep their knowledge up-to-date, investing in a highway code book and familiarising yourself regularly is essential.
As easy as it is to quickly collect a load, chuck it in the back and drive away, taking a moment to load your van in the right way can make a huge difference to your journey and personal wellbeing. There are many products on the market that will not only help to secure your load but will help in the loading of the goods. Find a variety of driving aids designed to assist the driver when loading a vehicle, including ProPoles, Edge Protectors, lashing straps and vehicle height measuring poles here.
In order to keep your van and business up and running and to keep your risk of a road traffic collision at a minimum, this daily check book can be used by drivers to record vehicle defects. Designed to follow those new recommended checks for van drivers, this book also includes a ‘nil defect’ box to encourage the driver to carry out a daily inspection.
Be prepared for the worst
Accidents do happen, even professional and experienced drivers can be involved in a road traffic collision at any time but what’s crucial is what to do next. If you’re involved in an accident: switch off your engine, apply your handbrake and turn on your hazard warning lights. If needed, contact the emergency services as soon as possible, only ring relatives or your insurance company once the accident has been moved off the road and casualties have been seen to.
Other products that we recommend to van drivers include: