Europcar is currently offering discounts of up to 20% on van hire as part of its January Sale. This is valid for bookings made by February 1st and completed by 30th June, with certain exclusions.
**THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED**
If you need a van for a trip to the tip, to move furniture or for a big DIY project, this could be a good opportunity. Europcar has also provided some helpful tips for driving and load a van (we have more tips on driving and loading vans):
All you have to do to benefit from the Europcar January sale discount is book online as normal*: click here to visit the Europcar website.
Tips for driving a van
- Vans are bigger than cars – Be aware of the width, length and height of the vehicle when hiring a van, especially if you’re not used to driving one
- Take corners slowly – it is possible for a heavy loads to move around if you take the corner too fast
- Space for corners – Remember that larger vans need more room to turn so give yourself plenty of time and space when taking corners.
- Stopping distance – Remember that the larger or heavier the vehicle, the longer it takes to stop, especially in icy or wet conditions.
- Blind side – Watch out for cyclists and bikers who might be tempted to overtake on the blind side.
Tips for loading a van
- Start loading your items at the front of the van and work your way to the back.
- Spread the load evenly across the base, uneven loads can have a massive effect on a van’s stability.
- Keep all items stacked as tightly as possible to keep everything from shifting during the drive.
- When loading a van, place heavy items on the floor of the vehicle, and plastic and lighter things on top of the heavier ones.
- You may have to take apart things like tables and desks in order to load everything tightly and to ensure safe transport.
- Be careful not to scoot or drag furniture in the van as damage may occur to sofas, table legs and dresser bottoms.
- When lifting a heavy load bend your legs not your back.
*Terms and conditions apply. See Europcar website for details.