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Tyres on vans and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) lead a hard life. Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, explains why it’s important to carry out regular checks on vans of all ages to make sure the tyres remain safe and legal.

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Britain works on tyres (but they need regular maintenance)

The TyreSafe website is full of information on the impact of poor tyre safety for both driver safety and operational costs, as well as loads of resources to share with your drivers.

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Tyre safety information and driver resources

Did you know? More than four million journeys are made on the strategic road network each day. On average, Highways England record around 196,000 breakdowns per year (536 each day). The most common breakdowns are related to tyres, overheating, electrical problems and running out of...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Motorway Breakdowns

Michelin has issued special guidance for firms parking fleets of cars and vans for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tyre advice for car and van fleets facing extended lay up

Michelin has issued special guidance for haulage companies and own-account operators parking fleets for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows a survey by the Road Haulage Association which revealed 46 per cent of the UK’s trucks – around 240,000 vehicles – are now parked...

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Tyre advice for truck fleets facing extended lay up

Michelin has issued special guidance for bus and coach operators parking public service vehicles (PSVs) for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tyre advice for bus and coach fleets facing extended lay up

Did you know? Hot weather can cause fatigue and irritability to drivers. Drivers can become easily dehydrated and it can affect their driving abilities. Drivers experience increased congestion from high levels of traffic on holiday routes and in road works for road construction and...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Summer Driving

He believes the fleet’s running costs are also reduced by approximately 25% each year through preventative maintenance. “Reactive maintenance is always more expensive and creates unplanned downtime.” He cites brake pads as an example. If they are regularly checked and replaced, not only...

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AES – Vehicle Management

Did you know? MOT Tests - Half of all vans fail their MOT at the first attempt. Enforcement - The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on vehicles and stop you using the vehicle (prohibition). Roadside Checks - Two thirds of vans stopped at the roadside by the DVSA have a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Vehicle Roadworthiness

Did you know? One of the biggest hazards and challenges of Spring driving is low sun. You must ensure you can see where you are going. Use the vehicle’s sun visor and wear sunglasses to minimise glare. You must ensure your windscreen is kept clean and your washer and wipers are working...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Spring Driving

Did you know? Weight, driving style and maintenance all affect a van’s fuel economy. An unnecessary 45kg in the vehicle reduces mpg by 1%. Engine idling can have a significant impact on vehicle’s fuel economy. Excessive speed is the biggest fuel-guzzling factor. The heavier a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Fuel Economy

Did you know? 90% of road collisions are caused by, or involve, human error. Drivers face fines up to £5,000 and up to 9 penalty points for careless and inconsiderate driving if their vehicle causes an obstruction when it has run out of fuel. There are around 3 to 6 major bridge strikes...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Driver Training & Vehicle Awareness

He reworked the drivers’ handbook and instituted an audit trail to ensure it had been read, which the fleet was previously lacking. A driver app called Veho Check allowed easy dissemination of the handbook. The app also facilitates daily vehicle checks, with a specific procedure drivers must...

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TES 2000 – Defect Reporting

Did you know? MOT Tests - Half of all vans fail their MOT at the first attempt. Enforcement - The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on vehicles and stop you using the vehicle (prohibition). Roadside Checks - Two thirds of vans stopped at the roadside by the DVSA have a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Brake Road Safety Week: Van Driver Toolkit Vehicle Roadworthiness

Did you know? Leaving the engine running while stationary, or ‘engine idling’ to defrost windows is an offence under Rule 123 of The Highway Code and authorities have the power to issue £20 fixed penalties for any contravention. Rule 229 of the Highway Code says: “Before you set off...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Winter Driving
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