Many people tend to move with either their personal vehicles, or a
vehicle of a friend or family member. Additionally, some people tend to
rent large industrial size trucks to assist in difficult moves. Renting
large trucks can be both costly and extremely stressful; four percent of
people who rent large trucks will have a minor accident involving
something such as a curb, post, sign, or tree. One of the best options
for moving that is often overlooked is the use of
Vans offer better gas mileage, better comfort, easier maneuverability,
and a more consolidated space that lends itself towards keeping items
from rattling during a move.
While vans may not seem intimidating because of their size and
relative ease of maneuvering, vans are actually quite different from
cars and trucks. One main difference between vans and cars or trucks is
that loaded vans require a similar stopping distance as a large truck.
However, because the van sits so low to the ground, a driver is unable
to see distant traffic in the way that a large truck would be able to
identify a potential traffic problem. For this reason, it is very
important when using moving vans to relocate that the drive maintain a
safe distance from other vehicles in traffic, and that the driver always
be attentive to the flow of traffic.
In regards to stopping distance and speed, there are certain things
that can be done to minimize any problems related to the above issues
when moving. First, often times people will lay long flat items at the
top of a pile of things in the back of the van. This practice works in
terms of packing and fitting a lot of items into the van. However, if
the driver brakes suddenly, all of the loose items on the top of other
goods will forcefully slide forward towards the windshield. In order to
avoid damage to the vehicle or personal injury, it is necessary to use
either a net, cardboard, or a possibly a piece of furniture to block
items from the rear of the van that may slide to the front.
Similarly, other items in the van may slide about the van depending on
how the van has been packed. It is very important to pack the van
tightly so that items do not slide on the floor as well. There is
nothing worse than trying to accelerate or stop and finding a small
object under the pedal. So, to test a packing job, it is recommended
that you drive the van a couple of blocks before leaving to your
destination. This practice will help to identify any problems before
they become more costly on the highway and increase your overall
Lastly, always remember to wear your seatbelt, and never allow anyone
to sit in the back of the van where there are not any safety devices.
People often think it would be fun to ride in the back of a moving van,
but is actually quite dangerous. Additionally, not wearing a safety belt
in the front of the van can result in serious injury and even a traffic
ticket in some places.