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What safety elements are essential to carry in a van?
There is no specific UK legislation for essential safety equipment in LCVs, except for minibuses, which must carry appropriate emergency equipment. While most people will not be legally required to carry specific equipment, some employers may be subject to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 and should definitely check whether these regulations apply.
Moreover, since every van operator and driver has a responsibility to take practicable and reasonable steps to ensure the safety of employees, customers and the public, some basic steps are essential. The first is regular vehicle testing, maintenance and roadworthiness. It also makes sense to carry a basic first aid kit, fire extinguisher, high-vis jacket and a hazard warning triangle.
What is a van bulkhead?
A van bulkhead is a secure partition that sits between the cargo area and the driver and passenger seats.
Bulkheads are made from steel, wire mesh and other materials, and are bolted securely into place. They protect drivers and passengers in the event of a crash, swerve or a sudden stop, by preventing heavy cargo or equipment from slamming into the passenger area. Because safety always comes first, all Renault vans* come equipped with a full steel bulkhead as standard, to help keep drivers and passengers safe on the road.
*Excluding the Kangoo Crew Van & Crew Van Cab models
How do I check the condition of my van tyres?
Correct pressure and tread depth are the essentials for checking van tyres. Fully loaded vans require different pressures, which are usually specified inside the van – all Renault vans, for example, have a label inside the driver’s door showing recommended pressures for various conditions. When – and only when – your van is safely parked on a flat surface, away from the highway, you can check your tyre tread depth at several points around the tyre with a depth gauge. UK law requires a minimum 1.6 mm tread depth across the central ¾ of the tyre and around the entire circumference. Check cold tyres every 2–4 weeks and systematically before starting on a long journey.
What tyres do I need for difficult weather?
Although all-season tyres are adequate, you may consider investing in separate sets of winter and summer tyres if you operate a good part of the year in difficult weather.
Contrary to popular belief, winter tyres are not just meant for snowy and/or icy roads. In fact, they are designed to provide better grip whenever temperatures drop below 7˚C, regardless of road conditions. If you find yourself driving for extended periods of time in these temperatures, you may find winter tyres to be a worthwhile investment, resulting in shorter stopping distances and better turning on ice, snow and wet roads.If you only occasionally experience temperatures below 7°C and/or snowfall, snow socks or snow chains can be fitted over all-season tyres and provide a cheaper alternative to a distinct set of seasonal tires that have to be switched out twice a year.
How many miles can I drive with a spare wheel?
Most vehicles nowadays aren't sold with full-sized spare wheels. Instead, they come with lightweight temporary replacements called skinny or donut tyres. These take up less space, weigh less and are much easier to fit – but they are less safe over a long distance. You can usually drive up to 50 miles on a donut spare, while some models have a 70-mile rating. In any case, you should keep your speed under 55 mph and get a full-sized wheel fitted as soon as possible.