There are many things to consider when you are purchasing a van. First, is it large enough for the needs of your company? Will it haul everything? If not, you might need to invest in a larger van. But that is an obvious decision – right! There are other factors about choosing the van that are not as obvious. These decisions include items such as whether or not you should purchase an automatic transmission or manual transmission van. There are pros and cons to each type of van. Here is a list of some of the ups and downs of both to help you decide which option is better for you.
First of all, automatic transmission is known to be the more enjoyable way to drive around town. However, is that what you care about? Are you the one that is going to be driving the vehicle? Or, are you going to be delegating that task to other members of your staff. If so, then the decision to go with automatic transmission might change. However, if your driver is not as skilled, many people consider automatic transmission to be safer than manual. It does actually reduce driving effort by 25 percent. Therefore, it may be a better option for you and those that work for your company. However, the main drawback to automatic transmission is the gas mileage. Since the transmission is done on a standard level, the gas mileage is not as good. Therefore, if you are looking to save money on fuel, it may not be the way to go.
You also have the option of purchasing a manual transmission van for your company. While manual transmission cars are less popular today, they are still in use. And they allow the driver to have more control and operation of the car and it’s speed. Some may argue that they can cause a driver to become worse given the focus that is required. However, others will say that this focus is great in a day of distractions. Automatic transmission easily enables drivers to become distracted with cellphones, texting, the radio, etc. These items could cause injury on the road. Furthermore, a manual transmission van will save you money. It is less expensive to purchase initially and less expensive to fuel when you are driving it. For many, it is a more economical choice.
Tips on Driving a Van
There can be a big difference between driving a car and van. Vans, especially the likes of a Luton or even a transit are much higher and wider than an average car. It is important that when you get in the van and before you drive it, you familiarise yourself with where everything is, from the lights and indicators to the heating, hazard lights and stereo settings.
Visibility will probably be less than you are used to with the mirrors so make sure you get your seat in a comfortable and safe position to drive in and then arrange your wing mirrors and rear view mirror to the optimum visibility. One of the benefits of driving a van is that you are much higher than in a car so your natural visibility will be increased.
Because a van is higher and wider, it generally means that it is heavier too, even without a load. This means that braking distances are increased greatly so ensure that you allow for this when driving. Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead will help. When you have a fully loaded van, it will weigh even more so driving slower and with increased caution is a must. Also, because of the height there will be restrictions when it comes to certain car parks and even low bridges. It is important that you check the height of your van so you know what your limitations are prior to travelling. Vans will have different speed limits which you need to obey so it is worthwhile looking these up in the Highway Code.
One of the biggest challenges of driving a van can often be the parking. Most people dread the idea of having to park one on the street, either parallel or reversing. This is when using your mirrors is pivotal; you will get to see the corners of the van this way which should help you when doing any manoeuvre. Remember to take your time and you can always stop and ask someone to help guide you in a space if you are having that much trouble.