Your van is likely to be your most loyal employee and may also be one of your biggest investments. Without it, your business cannot function, so it makes sense to look after it. This will save you money in the long run, as you will avoid expensive repair and breakdown fees. It will also be worth more when you come to trade it in for a newer model.
Here are some simple ways in which you can keep your van on the road:
Tyres and engine maintenance
Good-quality tyres are essential for road safety. Van tyres need to withstand a heavier load than those of an average car, which increases the pressure on them. According the Department for Transport, 446 accidents a year are linked to defective tyres, with low pressure one of the main problems. You can find the correct pressures in the van’s manual; in addition, they are often displayed inside the vehicle. Check them regularly.
Your van’s engine is a complex system of many moving parts; without some simple and regular checks, it can seize up and stop working. Start by checking the oil levels using the dip stick. At the same time, check the engine coolant levels, the windscreen washer levels, and the power steering fluid.
Interior and exterior maintenance
Van interiors can become severely damaged by tools, supplies and equipment; however, many van owners find that van plylining is the perfect solution. With kits available from suppliers such as http://www.vehicle-accessories.net/Interior/Van-Linings/Plylining, you can use high-quality, heavy-duty ply to protect the interior of your van from damage.
Exterior maintenance is also vital. In particular, it is essential that the lights are working properly to protect your safety and that of other road users. Keep them clean and ensure that the bulbs have not blown. If you do come across a bulb that is not working, get it replaced right away.
Dust and dirt not only collects on lights but can also make the paintwork look scruffy, which is not the impression you want your business to give. It also causes the paintwork to corrode more rapidly. Repair any small chips and scratches quickly to prevent a patch of rust appearing.
With just a little care and attention, your van will continue to be an asset to your business.
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