Friday, April 11, 2014

A burger van insurance policyholder reportedly plans to move his takeaway vehicle to the outside of a village shop in rural Buckinghamshire. However, according to the Bucks Free Press, this may well have an unexpected side effect.

The application made by the policyholder to Chiltern District Council states that the burger van would help reduce crime in the area – vandals have repeatedly targeted the village shop over recent years and, because it is in green belt land, the local authority has been reluctant to allow the premises to fit security shutters.

"The burger van will...provide a form of surveillance for the existing retail unit which has suffered from a spate of attacks and vandalism," claims the application.

"It is understood that the council are reluctant to grant permission for shutters to the retail unit, which means that the unit has continued to suffer from broken windows as a result of the attacks.
"The siting of the burger van will provide a level of security and will assist in preventing such attacks from occurring."

It is an odd idea but it does, to us, seem to make sense. Having a strong community will invariably help improve safety and, as any self-respecting burger van insurance policyholder knows, there are few retail outlets that provide as much community focus as a burger van.

Who knows, the vehicle might even result in cheaper insurance for the village shop.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Asda driver blocks road after botching three-point turn

Have you ever seen the movie ‘Austin Powers'? It's a really funny film with some great moments in it, but like the man of mystery himself, there are a number of scenes where you wonder how the hero managed to get into that situation in the first place.

For example, there's a moment where Austin – played by Mike Myers – tries to do a three-point-turn with a luggage cart in a narrow corridor. You can see the clip on YouTube by clicking here. He manages to get into a position which I thought was nearly impossible – completely stuck across the path.

That is, until today.

Recently, there have been reports about a van driver who managed to trap himself doing the same manoeuvre while trying to get out of a narrow street in Edinburgh. Working for Asda, it seems the man had just finished doing a delivery, when he tried to turn the vehicle around, hit a wall, and got stuck across the road.

Even worse, the van blocked residents from accessing the street for about three hours before a truck arrived to lift the stranded vehicle up, turn it around, and then tow it away.

Although it is unknown how damaged the transport was during the accident, the motorist's employer might have had to make a claim on the company's business van insurance policy in order to make any repairs.

I just feel sorry for the employee – his mistake must have made him feel very embarrassed indeed...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Will driving a van make you miserable?

I don't know about you, but most van drivers I've met seem to be quite happy folks. I always attributed this to the nature of their careers. After all, hitting the roads and travelling to interesting locations definitely seemed more appealing than a 9-5 desk job.

So imagine my surprise when I came across a report this week, suggesting that van drivers were in one of the country's worst jobs for life satisfaction.

Carried out by the Cabinet Office, the researchers conducted this study in order to determine which jobs made people the happiest – and it seems that money truly doesn't factor into these positions. For example, quantity surveyors earn an average wage of almost £40,000 each year, yet are apparently in one of the worst jobs for life satisfaction. In contrast, farmers generally take home about £15,000 less but seem to be quite a contented group.

So where do van drivers factor into this list? Out of the 274 occupations listed, they are in a surprising 255th place. Whereas the top ten professions for life satisfaction are reportedly:
  • Clergy;

  • Senior officials and chief executives;

  • Agricultural or horticultural managers and proprietors;

  • Company secretaries;

  • Those working in quality assurance;

  • Managers in healthcare practices;

  • Doctors, nurses, and similar practitioners;

  • Farmers;

  • Hotel managers;
  • Supervisors in skilled trades, such as metal work.

However, before you start looking for a new job, please be aware that this report should not be taken at face value. The researchers were evaluating average life satisfaction, not investigating whether or not a certain job makes you unhappy.

Therefore, it goes without saying that some vicars could be a grumpy bunch and quantity surveyors can actually be quite joyful – and it definitely doesn't mean that commercial van insurance holders are all discontented.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Find great van insurance in three simple steps

There are three simple steps you can take to find great van insurance without a fuss.

Step 1
Work out what level of cover you want for your van, or fleet of vans. There are three available options, and these are: Comprehensive, Third Party, and Third Party Fire & Theft.

Comprehensive insurance will cover you for damage to your own vehicle – as well as damage suffered by other road users due to an accident, fire, theft, and a range of other causes.

Third Party Fire & Theft will cover you for damage caused to another individual's property, or help pay compensation or costs for injuries they might have suffered in an incident which you (or the covered driver of the van) are liable for. It will also cover you against loss or damage if your van is burnt or stolen.

Finally, Third Party insurance will only cover you for damage to another person or their property in a traffic accident for which you are at fault.

Depending on the cost of your vehicle, and how often you use it, one of the cheaper options (Third Party or Third Party Fire & Theft) might be the most suitable policy for you. However, often, the best one to have is Comprehensive.

Step 2
Find the cheapest van insurance quote via iVan. In partnership with Be Wiser, iVan can compare deals from more than 20 top insurance providers to find the offers which best suit your needs.
On top of that, every policy bought through iVan comes with free RAC breakdown cover and legal expenses insurance as standard.

Step 3
Don't forget about renewal. Many people stick with the same insurance company year in, year out, but you might miss out on some great offers that way and could end up paying more for your cover than necessary.

Before renewal time, visit iVan again to see whether you could save money on your insurance. Our customers save an average of 25% on the cost of their cover.

The fourth step, if we were writing one, would be to sit back and relax while we securely email you your new policy documents. Finding van insurance through iVan really is as easy as one, two, three.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Van driver praised for tackling vehicle blaze

On the 25th of January, a 34-year-old was travelling down the M271 when he saw flames appear from underneath the car in front. This vehicle, a silver Peugeot, then spun out of control and landed on its roof.

Quickly applying the brakes, the motorist stopped his van, switched on the hazards, and jumped out the vehicle – with a fire extinguisher in hand – to tackle the flames coming from the flipped car.

Furthermore, he checked the wreck for any passengers and dragged the sole occupant – the driver – to a safe location.

Although it is currently unknown what actually caused the accident, it seems the Peugeot suffered a tyre blow-out – resulting in the car spinning out of control.

Regardless, the van insurance policyholder deserves substantial praise for this actions. Without his quick thinking, the driver could have easily suffered serious, or even fatal, injuries. Instead, he has only sustained minor whiplash.

Commending the man's actions, a spokesperson for Hampshire Police also asked for witnesses of the accident to contact Totton Roads Policing Unit with any relevant information.

Whether you have purchased Ford Escort van insurance, cover for a Transit, or a similar policy for a different vehicle, it is probably fair to say that the majority of your journeys take place without incident.

Unfortunately, sometimes traffic accidents do occur, and although many motorists do not know how they would respond in this situation, this van driver is rightly being praised for his selflessness.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

VW Kombi to disappear. Nothing Scooby Do can do

Few vehicles have ever defined the image of the "white van" as successfully as the VW Kombi. For although these iconic vehicles are more familiar in two-tone incarnations – think orange and white or green and white – there have also been, over the years, countless all-white models of the VW Kombi.
But for the lucky white van insurance holders who own a pristine white VW Kombi, the time has come to really reconsider just what time of insurance they will be seeking – white van insurance or vintage van insurance. This is because Volkswagen has announced that finally, after 63 years, it is to stop producing the vehicle.

Actually, European safety laws forced VW to cease production of the Kombi in Germany during 1979, so for 25 years all new Kombis have come from Brazil. However, even that country has had to embrace a safer future in which anti-lock braking and air bags are compulsory, and, unfortunately, the Kombi just can't comply.

Even though we understand why this must be so, there is a sad inevitability about the way the free-loving, free-spirited, and unconventional Kombi should eventually meet its fate.
But for those who do already own a Kombi, this perhaps represents good news. It is likely that their vehicles will now appreciate in value, while the rest of us who don't own one can only sit back and dream before getting back behind the wheel of our Transit vans.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tesco van driver saved from floodwaters

It seems no one in the UK is safe from the effects of flooding, whether or not they're near the coast.
The recent bad weather has led to homes being vacated, trees being downed, and roads becoming impassable due to deep water all over the country.

And it's not just the general public who have been struggling, companies and organisations are also feeling the strain, with many trying to fix the damage or attempting to deliver goods as usual.
Large and small business van insurance policyholders have been affected – with some unable to send products to certain stores, small village shops struggling to re-stock, and home deliveries being delayed or even cancelled.

For example, one Tesco delivery van driver needed rescuing from floodwaters on the Cumbria coast yesterday between Allonby and Silloth, right next to the Irish Sea.
At about three in the afternoon, the man was attempting the drive to a customer's house along a road adjacent to the beach when his vehicle became caught in floodwaters caused by the rain and 15-20ft high waves.

The police, fire and ambulance service, as well as the coastguard all attended the scene to get the driver and his van to safety. They managed to successfully tow the stranded motorist to the village of Mawbray. The man was not hurt during the incident.

A spokesperson for the Cumbria police states, "Officers from the police and other agencies are working hard to keep the public safe, and ask the public to help them do this by obeying road signs and taking no unnecessary risks."

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