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A few things for the discerning cheap van insurance customer to consider

Getting cheap van insurance is often about more than simply making sure you've got a good driving record, a viable van and the best available quote. As any seasoned van driver will testify, the value of making sure a van is both efficient and safe should never be underestimated.

This advice will be invaluable to anyone embarking on a career that will see them become one of the more than one million "white van men" in the UK.

Naturally, no-one wishes to be involved in an accident, but it is also worth bearing in mind that guarding against accidents will also help protect the potential benefits of receiving cheap van insurance.

Safe and effective vehicle storage can be an important part of this. Whether it is hammers, drills, pipes or spanners, poorly secured tools and equipment can bounce around the back of a van - and, with some vehicles, even into the cab - with enough force to strike the kind of blow the Incredible Hulk would be proud of. Hurtling missiles are a sad fact of war, but there is no reason why they should be a feature of any van.

Drawers and shelves and specialist cases will all help ensure that tools do not suddenly become weapons. Additionally, they will also help ensure space is used ergonomically, increasing efficiency and load capacity.

Having a strong, effective and well-designed bulkhead will also help protect both van driver and van. Larger objects can be stored securely against it

Of course, being organised will also help image. No matter how much the British public might love Del Boy and Only Fools and Horses, hinting at their level of organisational incompetence is not exactly going to impress the customer. Professional storage not only saves time and money, it also promotes safety and the kind of quality image that reassures customers.

All of these factors are just a few of the many that any van buyer, particularly a new buyer, should consider. Every vehicle's storage and workability requirements will be different and it is well worth reading up on van reviews and manufacturer specifications to ensure awareness of these. No two van models are the same, so no prospective buyer should just race into a deal for a Citroen Berlingo when what they need is something more like Ford Transit.

And, if these things weren't incentive enough, the fact that the Health and Safety Executive made 4,000 unsafe load prosecutions last year should really keep us all on our toes.

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