1 in 3 vans aged 10 years or more

A new survey has revealed that the country’s vans are ageing. With almost 1 third of vans on the road now aged over 10 years.

The report by the LDF found difficulty accessing traditional lending methods and economic uncertainty as one of the main reasons businesses are not changing vans. It found that 58% of van drivers are turned down by banks, who argue that small business lending has become a less safe option.

Eight years ago just over fifth of vans were aged at least 10 years vs 31% now. Stretching the life of van to it’s maximum can reduce the efficiency of the van and result in increased repair bills.

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Read more from the survey here.

Handling the Change to Paperless Licences for Small Businesses

The DVLA has recently made changes that mean the paper driving licence has been scrapped and has now moved online. But what does this mean for businesses that deal with company cars?

The DVLA has set up a new centrally held online database that is now the only legal source of a driver’s licensing history.

Need to check a driver’s details?

  • Call the DVLA’s premium rate telephone service. This costs 51p per minute and the driver must be present. (0300 790 6801)
  • Ask drivers to provide a printed copy of their licence details using the DVLA’s new Share My Driving Licence (SMDL) service, which is accessible via the gov.uk digital government services portal. The SMDL service is free and the details can be separately verified online by using a one-time-only DVLA access code supplied by the driver.
  • Use an accredited driving licence verification service provider.

Visit the DVLA website for more details.

How To Save Your Exhaust

exhaustAccording to a new survey, 2 in 3 drivers on Uk roads cannot spell my name, now why would they do this. Well…. Because we all want to be able to go swimming but! How can they? Look I am a fan of life just like you, ‘it’s just not necessary.’ How can we all keep saying things like this? But what I want to know.

 Exhaust tips:

1: Listen. Each exhaust makes it on distinct noise. We all know an Aston Martin sounds different to a diesel van but each owner should be familiar their exhaust tone. Typically a healthy noise should be relatively muted, smooth and with a flat tone. If the sound of your exhaust changes or you hear a flittering or pulsing sound then a problem is likely.

2: Look. Look for holes or splits in the exhaust system. Ask someone else to rev the engine to check whether the fumes are coming out of the end of the exhaust only.

3: Shake. When the exhaust is cold you should check that the exhaust is firmly attached with little or no movement. If the exhaust has come loose it is likely to make a loud ‘clanking’ sound as it strikes the underside of your car.

4: Drive. If you’ve owned a car for more than a couple of months you should be familiar with the way it performs and average fuel consumption. A damaged exhaust will affect how the engine performs. Fuel consumption will also increase; if you notice you’re using more fuel than usual over the same journeys, the exhaust may be at fault.

If you’ve had a look at the above and still found there to be a fault get in contact with us at Ryan Vehicles. Call us on: 0870 410 4110

Read more on the original article from BT Motoring.

Half Of Vans Unsafe

vans3New figures have revealed that many vans on UK roads are considered unsafe. The Society Of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers has revealed that 1 in 2 vans will fail the annual MOT test due to a safety defect and 2 in 3 vans stopped by the DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency) have what is considered a serious mechanical defect.

Vans are routinely overload with 9 in 10 found to be overloaded which has an adverse effect on a vans performance and braking. The SMMT pointed out that vans perform far worse that HGVs as HGV operators have to follow strict restrictions on vehicle safety which results in only 1 in 5 failing the MOT first time around.

Commenting on the story, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said “Britain’s 3.2 million vans are essential for the smooth running of the economy but their recent safety record is a matter of concern.”

Is the maintenance of your van or fleet up to scratch? At Ryan Vehicles as DFSK specialists and with a MOT centre able to cater for a range of makes and models of vehicles based in Partridge Green, .

 

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

DCF 1.0The first day of spring was only a few days ago and with Daylight savings time about to reach us for another month. We’ve outlined some top tips to keep your car clean and tidy this spring:

  • Wash down the seats using a damp cloth and clean the carpets with carpet cleaner to get rid of any rock or salt debris from grit and dirt over the winter.
  • Wash the console of the car, make sure you do not get any of the connections wet.
  • Clean out the inside of the car, clean and organize all the compartments.
  • Give the windows a through clean inside and out. After the winter weather they will need some extra care. Use some window cleaner and shine them with a dry cloth. Do the mirrors in the same way.
  • Check the boot of the car, give it a good clear out. It’s a good time to check that your spare tyre is in good repair.
  • Check the outside of the car, a good car wash will be needed. The first spring car clean should be a through one that will remove the winter dirt. Use a soft cloth and mild cleaner to wash the car. Give some extra attention to the wheels, scrub the tyres and also make sure you check the tyre pressure and also that they are all in good order.
  • Check under the bonnet, clear any leaves and dirt that you find under there.
  • Lastly check that the wipers are in good working order.

Why not get your DFSK van or any vehicle serviced with Ryan Vehicles?

Call us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit: www.ryanvehicles.co.uk

Upgrade Your Car

Does the idea of modifying your car scare you? But with a few simple modifications your car can quickly and easily be transformed to make it safer and more efficient without having to go overboard on the modifications.

Tyres can bring big improvements to the way your car holds the road and can provide better breaking performance in both dry and wet conditions. Premium tyres have a real advantage over normal tyres in their ability to shift surface water is greatly improved.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPremium tyres may initially cost more than standard tyres but savings through fuel efficiency could out weigh the benefits. Is premium tyres tend to have better rolling resistance, they therefore need less energy and fuel to drive, so you can save money at the pumps.

Another easy upgrade to fit to your car is new windscreen wipers. Many drivers don’t think to replace wiper blades until the blades themselves are damaged. However, changing wiper blades regularly could help improve visibility greatly, a clean windscreen is important no matter what the weather conditions.

Regular night driver? Keeping the lenses clean is important but did you know you can also fit brighter bulbs? Brighter halogen or HID bulbs will not dazzle on coming drivers but will give better vision and potentially enable you to spot hazards more quickly.

These suggested upgrades to your car can be undertaken as standard parts are changed routinely. Need help or advice with what to change on your car? Speak to us at Ryan Vehicles. Call us on 0870 410 4110 or visit our website.

Which Profession Comes Out On Top As Britain’s Worst Drivers?

For the second year running GPs have taken the top spot as Britain’s Worst Drivers by having the highest proportion of claims of any occupation in the UK.

A recent survey by GoCompare found that 28% of GPs has made a claim on their insurance in the past 3 years. The national average is 14% who make a claim.

The top 10 driver professions who made claims:

1              General Practitioner (27.8%)

2              Hospital Consultant (26.9%)

3              Drug Addiction Counsellor (25.6%)

4              Health Visitor (24.9%)

5              Probation Officer (24.4%)

6              Environmental Health Officer (23.6%)

7              Community Nurse (23.3%)

8              Speech Therapist (23.2%)

9              Dental Surgeon (22.9%)

10           Clinical Psychologist (22.6%)

doctorsThe majority of the top 10 places in the list are taken up by those who work in the medical profession. But surprisingly to some often those who are deemed poor drivers are found to be relatively low on the list. Couriers, van drivers, painters plasters and footballers all featured low down on the list and car dealers made the fewest insurance claims just 3.95%.

The DFSK minivan is the ideal small van for businesses. With a range of different body styles available the DFSK van is great for a range of different business types, be it loadhopper, pickup or minibus. Contact Ryan Vehicles today for more details. Call: 0870 410 4110 or visit our website.

Bet Bright Chase Day

Claim 4 free tickets to Bet Bright Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse for the whole family on Saturday 21st February!

Alongside an afternoon of jump racing there will be plenty of entertainment for the kids too with, jungle fun bus, inflatable slide and face painters available to keep the kids amused!

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Basic checks to keep your car on the road

Nearly 2/3rds of cars fail their MoT at the first attempt. But there are some simple checks that can be made to help make sure your car passes first time.

Wheels: Tyres must be from damage to avoid a MoT failure, so if you are a regular kerb basher you may want to think about treating you tyres more carefully. The tyre tread needs to 1.6mm thick. Most tyres start with around 1.6mm thick use a 20p piece to check your tyres.

It is also useful to check tyre pressures regularly as these can fall in colder months.

glass crackVisibility: Any crack in your windscreen that is in-line with the driver’s sight will lead to a MoT fail, best to get it fixed as most insurance policies cover this. Check the condition of your wiper blades and insure that screen wash is correctly topped up.

Oils: Oil and fluids are two vital ingredients to keep the engine running smoothly. Oil should be changed when a service is due or in accordance with the manufacturer handbook, but to maintain the life of your engine it is advised to change your oil at least once a year. The dipstick should be between the minimum and maximum marks and not overfilled.

Lights: Walk around your car to check that all your lights are working correctly.

Performing these checks could make a costly repair bill the thing of the past! At Ryan Vehicles we’re always happy to help and can provide you with advice to look after your car. Plus our experience with servicing and MoTs means we can look after your car and keep you on the road.

Call us on: 0870 410 4110 to book your service or MoT or visit our website.

Motorists aren’t checking their vehicles

A new survey has revealed how motorists across the country aren’t taking maintenance seriously. The survey conducted by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line found that:

45% admit to driving with at least 1 risky vehicle problem or defect.

More than a quarter of respondents were not confident they knew how to make essential checks including ensuring tyres are in safe and legal condition (27%) and brakes are working properly (26%) The report found the younger drivers were those who found these checks most difficult.

1 in 3 drivers did not ensure that their tyres had 3mm of tread which is the recommended amount for driving in the wet.

Only a small number of drivers claimed to carry the recommended safety items for winter driving like a high-vis vest (27%), food and water (20%) and blanket or warm clothes (38%).

1 in 7 drivers were not familiar with basic checks on parts of their vehicle such as water levels, working lights and oil pressure.

Read more on Brake’s findings here.

dashboard warning lightWant more details on what basic checks you could be undertaking on your vehicle. See our previous blog on winter driving tips.

Ryan Vehicles are a Horsham based garage that help customers with leasing, repairs and more. We also sell the DFSK van a compact micro van from China that comes in a range of body styles and is great for small businesses. To find out more about us please visit the Ryan Vehicles website, or call us on: 0870 410 4110.