Safety tips when hiring a Van.

When hiring a rental van you have to be extra vigilant than you are when driving you own vehicle. There are many ways to go about this in order to be as safe as you can while on the road, and even on parking lots, as well as outside your own home. While a rental can be quite larger than what you may normally drive, it isn’t as hard as you may think, otherwise the agency wouldn’t let you drive it with just a normal license.

What’s extremely important when hiring a van rental is to familiarize yourself with all the controls, Certainly, some of these may be exactly the same as you would normally find in a passenger car, but you should always check to see if everything is in the same or similar position that you are used too. With the doors closed check you side mirrors. Depending on how large your rental is, you may not have a inside mirror, and you will have to rely on the outside mirrors to see behind and to the side.
It is a good idea if possible to do a little pre-driving before starting out, in order to get the feel of your van hire. Bigger vehicles are wider than a normal car, and have a larger turning radius. You won’t be able to park in small spaces, and because you can’t see directly behind the van, you need to really be cautious when backing up. You may even want someone with you who can help guide you into tight spots.

When you have a van rental, before you drive it, you should do a once over to make sure all the signals, and lights are working properly. It is a good idea that if you let it sit over night, that you check again before going out on the road. When driving, it’s important to remember a few things. One is that this vehicle is much heavier and more powerful that your regular vehicle, otherwise it wouldn’t be able to haul you and your load around. What this means to you is that you have to give yourself more time to get to your destination, and obey the speed limits.You also have to keep in mind that your van is going to need more distance to stop, so you need to leave extra space between you and the vehicles ahead of you. Your van hire is going to be much bigger than a regular car, so you may not be able to go under low over passes.

In order to be extra safe when driving your van rental, it’s well advised that you give other drivers plenty of time to respond to your turning. You need to signal well in advance of your planned turn, and make sure that if you are turning in front of cross traffic that you allocate greater distance, or wait until the path is completely clear of cars coming towards you. Remember that a van or larger truck doesn’t respond as quickly as a smaller vehicle, so it won’t just get up and go when you give it the pedal, especially if you are carrying a heavy load.

In Ireland, you have a wide choice of cheap van rental companies looking out to hire out their vehicles. The demand for vans usually peaks between the months of May to September. It’s important to book early in advance to ensure that the van will be available during that period.


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