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Driving a van is almost completely different to driving a car. First off there are the obvious height changes, but lots of subtle differences all add up to be a completely unique driving experience. The seating is much higher than in a car, there will be no rear view mirror and the driver is situated at the very front of the vehicle.

Loading a Van

The best way to load a van is to load the bigger and heavier items first, and place them against the front wall of the van and over the vans centre of gravity. Pack in smaller items around these bigger items. This will help with stability and prevent your cargo moving around. Cardboard, blankets, newspaper, cushions, pillows and bubble wrap are ideal to pad any areas of the van you are worried about, and to stop the possible movement of the boxes during the journey.

When you are packing the van you will more than likely be using the rear doors as your main point of entry, you will be relying more heavily on the side access door for the unpacking. Make sure your cargo is secure in this area so that when you open the sliding door, it won't fall out.

Driving a Van

There are many differences between driving a van and a car. Firstly the driver is seated much higher and much more forward than in an ordinary car. The most disorientating thing though, is probably going to be the lack of a rear view mirror in the cabin. Because of this fact, drivers are going to have to be much more aware of cyclists and motor cyclists.

The main other consideration is the actual driving of the van. It is important that you remember to take corners with much more width that needed in a car. This is to prevent tilting, but also to give the van extra room to take its extended length around the corner. Taking corners too fast may also damage your cargo. The centre of gravity in a van is much higher than in a regular car, and as such, the van can tilt, and disturb your cargo.