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Your Guide to Hiring a Van

Hiring a van is a common occurrence for most people at some point in their lives, whether they are moving house or transporting larger than normal items.

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In this article we take a look at everything you need to know before signing on the dotted line.

It’s Not All Bad

Surprisingly – or maybe not – there are an estimated four million vans on our roads, clocking up an impressive 45 billion miles a year. However, van drivers are often stereotyped and viewed as less than careful on British roads. But it’s not as it seems, as reports have shown that van drivers are more careful than would first appear, with only one in 261 being involved in an accident. Compare that to one in every 146 cars! And we should all remember that the commercial vehicle sector – whether that’s van hire in Gloucester or a sizeable fleet – contributes £11 billion per year to our economy.

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Plan My Van

Our advice is to think before you hire. Make sure you choose the right size, as this varies enormously and you don’t want to be paying for wasted space. For heavy items, research vans with tailgate lifts. And remember passenger space too.

Paperwork Matters

You can’t just pitch up at a van rental company such as https://www.fleetwayrentals.co.uk/, make your choice and drive away. You will need your driving licence, a card for an excess deposit and, in some cases, proof of address such as a utility bill. It’s also important to check the insurance policy.

The Open Road

The average driver doesn’t equate hitting the road with poetry, so we’d suggest you check the vehicle both inside and out for any damage before you drive away (into the sunset or otherwise). Also check whether you need to return it with a full tank of petrol. And definitely make sure you know whether it takes petrol or diesel.

Load Carefully

Make sure you stack your van carefully to avoid items moving around as you drive.

Behind the Wheel

Driving a van is different to driving a car, as they are mostly higher and wider, so remember this when parking and navigating traffic. Brake carefully and also make sure your wing mirrors are properly positioned to give you an all-round view.

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