WHITE van man has been the scourge of many a motorist’s journey.
Quite a few of us will have watched, and perhaps taken evasive action, as a tradesman in an old white van veered across the road with a mobile phone pressed to their ear whilst trying to find their next job.
Well the world is changing and much of this is thanks to the van makers.
The quality of commercial vehicles has been getting better and better in recent years and we will have all noticed a proliferation of pick-up trucks like the Nissan Navara in the supermarket car park.
Much of this is down to the fact that for small businesses the commercial vehicle, despite being an essential part of their day to day job, also plays a large part in the life of the family.
Plumbers, carpenters, builders and electricians no longer have to compromise on quality or comfort in their van. In fact many are able to run one vehicle as both a workhorse and as the family transport.
Double-cab pick-ups and crew cab vans mean the family can now travel cleanly and comfortably on the school run or at weekends. And this ultimately means a cost saving for the vehicle owner as one vehicle does the job of two.
For small businesses the commercial vehicle, despite being an essential part of their day to day job, also plays a large part in the life of the family
The level of specification in vans being delivered now is vastly different from where even cars were a few years ago. For example the Renault Trafic Sport van comes with air conditioning, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and alloys as standard. It wasn’t that long ago that air conditioning wasn’t standard on the majority of cars, let alone vans.
Vauxhall has come to the party with the Vivaro Sportive which has aircon, alloys and bluetooth as standard.
All this is great news for the van owner as it provides a cost effective way to manage the business and family vehicle requirements.
Funnily enough, though, it also helps the rest of us.
Surely ‘silver metallic paint as standard van man’ on a hands free mobile with a pre-programmed destination in a remote controlled Sat Nav must be an improvement!