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How to keep a van maintained

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When you are driving any type of van you need to ensure that the vehicle is well maintained and safe for use. If you choose to neglect van maintenance tasks then you put yourself and other road users at risk. There is also the additional factor of insurance, where any claim will see your premium bumped up.

With this in mind we’ve created some van maintenance tips so that you can easily keep your van in top condition, whether you own it outright or you’re hiring one.

Tyres

There are several aspects to maintaining your tyres on a van. They are an important part of how safe the van is and how it handles. You must ensure that they are inflated to the optimum level to avoid an unnatural wear on the tread – this also saves you money on fuel as we mentioned in a previous article.

If the tread on the tyres is worn too thin – below 1.6mm – then you could fall afoul of the law, receiving points on your license. Worse still, in tricky conditions you could lose traction and cause an accident, so check the tyres before you set off, this includes the spare.

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Oil

Different parts in the engine require oil for the optimal function of the vehicle – with proper lubrication you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your engine parts. The replacement of worn parts can often be expensive, and as the bills start to mount you’ll wish you’d taken the few minutes needed to check and top up your oil.

 

Water & Washer Fluid

Water is essential to the running of your car in two ways. The first is as coolant, without which your engine will overheat. This coolant water requires antifreeze as well, especially in winter, to avoid it freezing up in the internal components of the vehicle.

The second reason you need water is for the washer fluid. It’s easy to forget that this needs topping up but it can literally be a life-saver when you’re out on a road where mud, bugs and other dirt can fill your windscreen.

Lights

Your lights need to be checked regularly as there is no way you’ll be able to see all hazards and obstacles on every road. Many roads won’t have streetlights and police will certainly pull you over if any of your lights are faulty or not in use. It’s worth checking your indicators too as these can help you to avoid accidents and will be useful if you need your hazards to load and unload in certain areas.

Brake Fluid

The brake fluid in a vehicle is something many people overlook, but it happens to be one of the most important things to keep topped up in your van. You’ll be more likely to be involved in an accident if your brakes aren’t functioning properly and a van can do a lot of damage when moving at speed.

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