Pro Installer December 2019 - Issue 81 - Page 38

38 | DECEMBER 2019 Motoring Read online at www.proinstaller.co.uk SIX PIECES OF VAN PARKING ETIQUETTE Van drivers have been urged to steer clear of parking too close to junctions and directly in front of property windows, to aid road safety and avoid annoying neighbours. Motoring experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have re- leased six pieces of advice to help inexperienced van drivers park their vehicles without annoying local residents and the general public. It can often be a chal- lenge to park vans consid- erately as a novice because they are generally longer, wider, taller and heavier than cars. A typical commercial vehicle usually lacks back windows and a rear view mirror too, increasing park- ing difficulty. So driving specialists have revealed some things to bear in mind, which could also help fellow UK road users avoid any unneces- sary accidents. Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Our customers often request driving advice when leasing their first van. “Because of the size and awkwardness of vans compared to cars, one of the most frequently asked questions is how should I park it? “Our advice is to be extra-vigilant, given the reduced visibility and increased size compared to cars. “One of the most impor- tant things, too, is to be as considerate as possible – try your best not to annoy or obstruct other road users.” Here is the LeaseVan. co.uk guide to van parking etiquette: if the location determines your van is parked on-street rather than in a designated bay. 1. Park as far away from junctions as possible If circumstances mean you’ve got no choice but to park partially on a pave- ment, try to leave as much room as possible, especial- ly for prams, wheelchairs, the elderly and children – rather than forcing pedes- trians to cross over. It’s always best to seek an available, larger park- ing space nearby before putting your van on a pavement though, to avoid annoying locals. Parking your van right on a road corner or opposite a junction can cause prob- lems and potential danger for fellow road users. It could significantly obstruct visibility, blocking drivers view of oncoming traffic when attempting to turn, and even reduce the available space for others vehicles to manoeuvre in, 2. Try to stay off the pavement 3. Be sensitive to homeowners light and view 5. Think twice about getting in the way at car parks Well-mannered van driv- ers won’t park their bulky vehicles directly in front of a property’s windows, particularly if they’re going to be parked in that same spot for a large proportion of the day. At supermarkets , mul- ti-storey car parks and out of town retail locations, van drivers shouldn’t park straddling two bays, horizontally across multi- ple spaces or attempt to squeeze in to a tight spot right on top of the store. Instead, find a space that’s specifically de- signed for larger vehi- cles or in a quieter area further away from the shop or facility’s front doors. If you need to load bulky or heavy items, you can always pull your van around to the entrance briefly, after you’ve fin- ished shopping. be extra- ‘ vigilant ’ This can be problem- atic as it can stop natural light getting in to a home and block the residents views of the outside world, be it some great British scenery or even curtain-twitching and people-watching. 4. Anticipate and avoid narrowing roads Drivers should, wherev- er possible, steer clear of parking vans on stretches of road where doing so would make it avoidably tight or impossible for other vehicles to pass in both directions at the same time. If your load is light, con- sider leaving your vehicle further away. If you can’t, try to plan for a quiet time of day, and be quick. Van owners also must try to find a more appropriate, alternative space further down the street or around the corner, if parking in their initial location might obstruct access for emer- gency services. 6. Be considerate of neighbours if you’re on the job Tradespeople conduct- ing domestic or local work should utilise prop- erties’ driveways or park as close as possible to the house their working on, rather than unnecessarily taking any neighbours’ usual, coveted on street parking spots in busy areas. Just as when driving a car, it’s important to make sure you aren’t blocking any required access, such as to neighbours’ drive- ways, when parking your van. If building materials make any mess on the pavement or surroundings as you’re loading or un- loading, make sure to clear it up.