Avoiding accidents, stopping distances, and the best van cover for you
As a removal van insurance policyholder you are not only responsible for your safety and the safety of others on the road but for a customer's belongings, many of which might be fragile.
So that you don't have to make any claims on your business van insurance, or public liability insurance, it is important that you drive in a safe and considerate manner come rain or shine.
Unlike some trades people, you might not have the luxury of re-booking jobs for a different day if the weather conditions are poor.
With people relying on you to help them make the transition between one property and another by a certain date, your customers are often on a tight schedule and that means you are too.
However, although you may feel rushed on occasion, you should take care not to accelerate to a speed which is unsuitable for the road or the weather conditions and puts you and others in danger of suffering an accident.
It is important to remember that in wet weather the stopping distances noted by the Highway Code double to take into account the reduced grip tyres will have on the road. In snow or ice, stopping distances can be up to ten times greater than in dry conditions.
Stopping distances take into account thinking distance – how far you may have travelled before you react and press the brake – and braking distance – how far the vehicle could travel before coming to a standstill once the brake has been applied.
Here are the stopping distances for dry weather (these may vary depending on your vehicle).
- Travelling at 20mph – 12 metres to come to standstill
- Travelling at 30mph – 23 metres till standstill
- Travelling at 40mph – 36m till standstill
- At 50mph – 53m till standstill
- At 60mph – 73m till standstill
- At 70mph – 96m till standstill
It is very important to remember that the heavier a vehicle is the more momentum it will have and the longer it will take to come to a stop after the brake has been applied. The stopping distances above are for cars. Your van, especially if it is filled with furniture, might travel a greater distance than noted. Brake gently and early to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.
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