For the majority of van owners, their commercial vehicle is vital to their livelihood and having it off the street speaks to a huge loss of profit. Staying aware with regular van maintenance can help to prevent unnecessary and costly trips to the garage.
A van is an essential tool for a business. Typically, it either provides transport for you and your other tools to get between jobs, or it’s the heartbeat of the business enabling you to finish various conveyances consistently.
Even if you don’t use your vehicle for work, a van that is in for repair is something you will want to avoid. Here are some incredibly simple maintenance tips that you can do, to ensure that your van is running smoothly.
Exterior & Interior Maintenance
The weather is unpredictable and you need to be prepared for what’s to come when it rains heavily, snow or even high-forced winds and even blistering sunshine, It’s recommended that you wash your van at least once a month to avoid any permanent damage or staining to the paintwork. Keeping it clean will also help to reduce the likelihood of rust appearing. Although it won’t help your van to perform better, having a clean exterior provides the professional image you want to project to existing and future customers.
If you happen to work in a profession that causes dirty clothes and shoes, you could install seat covers to protect the interior. They’re removable so you could wash them periodically to help keep them clean.
Your van’s lights get dirty too, so why not clean them from time to time. This will make an enormous difference at night. It is also important to change any bulbs that are not working. Don’t forget your indicators too.
Tyres are the only part of the van that comes in contact with the road; keeping them in a roadworthy condition is a legal requirement to keep you and other road users safe. Before starting any journey, you should do a quick walkaround to check the condition of each tyre.
You must look and check to see if there are no bulges, no cuts in the sidewall, no visible cord and no missing or unsecure wheel-nuts. If you spot any of these things, you should replace the tyre immediately.