5 Things You Shouldn’t Do While Driving A VanDecember 23, 2015
While each year the number of fatalities on the roads in the UK is falling, even a single death is still one too many. Accidents happen but, where possible, we should avoid doing dangerous things while at the wheel of a van. It can be easy to get distracted, or think you can carry out certain tasks while driving, so here are a few things you definitely shouldn’t be doing while driving your van.
#1 Mobile Phone Usage
Our mobile phones are more than just devices to make calls with these days, they’re a vital point of entertainment in our lives. No matter how important you think it might be to send a quick text or browse the web for the latest sports scores, you should never be using your phone at the wheel.
It should go without saying, but even if you are using your van for work purposes and have business calls, you need a hands-free set to be able to legally use your phone. A split second lapse in focus can make all the difference in your driving ability.
#2 Drinking & Eating
While it’s fine to have a bag of sweets to dip into or something easy to nibble, you should definitely not be eating whilst driving. You need both your hands to steer your van, so ensure your hands aren’t taken up tucking into a sandwich or chowing down on noodles.
Obviously long journeys require you to stay hydrated, but it should be an easy-to-use sports bottle. If you’re really hungry or thirsty you should probably find somewhere safe to park and take a refreshment break to avoid the temptation behind the wheel.
#3 Putting On Makeup
It sounds like a stereotype, but while the majority of drivers are careful and considerate in their driving, there are a select few who, when rushed for time, think it’s fine to put makeup on while driving. The truth is that it’s never a good time to take your hands off the wheel. Even if traffic is static, you might need to move at any given moment and should be prepared.
#4 Reaching Across or Behind Seats
Seeming like a fairly innocuous action, reaching across to the glove compartment or behind your seat for something can actually be very dangerous. You might still be able to claim you have a hand on the wheel, but your body is in totally the wrong position, leaving you unable to properly direct your van. Even a slight deviation from the road could be disastrous – pull over somewhere safe if you really need to grab something.
Believe it or not, some people think that being behind the wheel of a vehicle is the perfect time to catch up on a bit of reading. Whether it’s Fifty Shades of Grey, or War & Peace which has you captivated, there is absolutely no excuse for such behaviour. You’re putting your own life as well as the lives of others at risk by being negligent and taking your focus off the road – this doesn’t even touch on the issue of taking your hands off the wheel to hold your book.
In short, when driving your van your hands should be on the wheel and your focus should be directed on the road. If you need a van for any purpose, be it for work or for moving house, look no further than I-Drive Van Hire, we have a range of van sizes for any purpose. i-Drive Van Hire are based in Nottingham but operate in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.