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Small van

  • 28-10-2021 11:01am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭ fun loving criminal
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    I need to rent a small van sometime. I'm talking about a van not much bigger than a car. But I have never driven a van before, is there much difference in driving a van considering I'm used to small cars?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,283 ✭✭✭ Allinall
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    The only real difference is that you probably won't have a rear view mirror in the van. You will need to use the wing mirrors more.

    If it's longer than a car, then just be careful turning in tight spaces. Allow more room to swing.

    If it's higher than a car, be careful going into car parks, or anywhere with restricted height limits.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭ fun loving criminal
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    Thanks. I was kind of worried about a rear view mirror alright. I'm guessing, new vans now would have sensors when it comes to reversing and parking, that might help.

  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭ Murph85
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    Might make more sense to just get a mam with a van . If you are in Dublin, you can rent small Van's with gocar by the hour

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭ fun loving criminal
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    Yes, I'll look into man with a van. That might be a better option. Thanks

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,412 ✭✭✭✭ elperello
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    You could practice in your own car by using only the side mirrors to navigate.

    You can turn the interior mirror to the side so you can't use it.

    Another thing to be aware of is that there is a blind spot when reversing out of parking in supermarkets etc.

    If you will have someone with you they can help you with directions.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 854 ✭✭✭ beveragelady
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    My last two cars have been vans, if you know what I mean! I tax and and insure them as private vehicles. I'll never go back to cars. My first van was a Kangoo with a rear window so it had a rear view mirror. The current one (Kangoo Maxi) has no rear window. I find very little difference. I reverse using the wing mirrors, adjusting them if necessary. Never had a scrape. As regards height and length, even the Maxi is smaller than a lot of monster SUVs on the road. It can go anywhere a car can so there's no difference in carparks, toll gates etc.

    OP, you might find yourself considering joining the vandriving fraternity once you've given it a try.