CHOOSING THE RIGHT VAN
Whether you are moving a table or an entire house, choosing a van to hire is easy.
If you have never hired a van before it can be a little confusing but vanhire.com can guide you though the process in moments. The best way is to look at exactly what you are trying to move, make an assessment of how comfortable you are with driving a larger vehicle and choose the appropriate van.
The majority of first time rental customers prefer not to hire a large box type van due of the sheer size of the vehicle. Instead users opt for more manageable, easier to drive commercial vehicles ensuring a safe and comfortable journey
Although additional trips my be required, it makes sense to stay safe and at ease when driving a new cumbersome vehicle for the first time mainly due to different set of driving circumstances being presented to you as a van hire driver:
Vehicle Length - Most Vans are much longer than cars so be mindful of the turning circle especially when overtaking other vehicles.
50% drop in vision - Greater vision awareness is needed when driving a van as in most cases rear windows have been replaced by panels cutting visibility dramatically. Wing mirrors have never been so useful to you when driving a van!
Handling - The high driving position gives better visibility on road but vans are not the most aerodynamic the vehicles. Great care must be taken when you hire a van on windy days.
Van hire in the UK is fast becoming a popular choice for "Self movers" looking to save on the general cost of moving house. The secret behind moving home yourself is to plan, plan and plan again.
If you take the plunge hire a van to move all possessions yourself, please check the following items are followed: Measure the larger items and plan where they are, see if you need help with moving them not just to the chosen vehicle, but also at the other end. Don't put yourself in a dangerous position where you could suffer an injury.
Removal companies have great experience in maximizing on transportable storage space so draw a plan of the vehicle and plot out where you want everything to go. It will save time and effort in the long run and help to smooth out the trauma of moving home.
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VAN HIRE CHECKLIST
Please be aware of the following information when you look to hire a can in the UK.
Van Hire is really simple and in most cases, proven to be a cost effective way of transporting goods from A to B. You do however, need to be aware of restrictions that are in place when you visit a van hire company.
Age is a major factor when you hire a van from pretty much any U.K based van hire company. Published prices for insurance are generally for drivers of 25 years old and over who have held a full licence for more than 12 months. Additional Insurance charges apply for drivers under 25 years of age.
The age of 22 is normally the fixed lower age limit for any driver due to insurance reasons, road experience and other factors that are taken into consideration. Additionally drivers under 25 years of age may be restricted to the size of van they can hire. Please check the age limitation with our reservations staff.
Your driving licence allows you to drive a wide range of commercial vehicles from small car derived vans up to box sided vans or 7.5 tonne vehicles. You can quickly identify this on your Driving Licence by checking for the "C1" classification. Almost all van hire companies will not allow anyone under the age of 25 to drive a 7.5 tonne vehicle as legislation restricts this.
Check with the company about late return penalties and ensure that your vehicle is returned on time. If you are unsure about your journey and return times it can often be more cost effective to take a vehicle for an additional day. Ask your chosen van hire company about offers and incentives before booking, it will make for a stress free trip.
Make sure that you are aware of how the van is insured. It is normal practice to hire a van with insurance but check the damage waiver cost carefully. You do not want to be handing over large amounts of money in excess fees due to a scrape or dent. If you have damaged a vehicle badly, you will be liable to pay the waiver.
There are schemes where for an additional payment for each days hire you can recover any money that you may have to pay should you be required to pay any excess charges. Again please check with our experienced reservations staff.
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