As a tradesperson, travelling to jobs across the country or even locally can result in time pressures, expenses and overall work inefficiency. Small changes and a little bit of planning ahead can make a big difference, both financially and personally. With better tool storage and van organisation, you can have peace of mind that everything you need is packed up and ready to go the following day.
Fuel-saving tips for van owners
Consider using these simple tricks below to save on fuel, it all adds up to become more money in your pocket if you stick at it!
Getting rid of extra weight
To improve your fuel mileage, one of the simplest solutions is to get rid of the extra weight your van is carrying. Try and consider what you’ll need for the job that day and leave anything extra at home. Just like anything else, the heavier your van is, the more fuel it will require to move it, so plan accordingly!
Avoiding traffic is a good strategy to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. When you know there will be traffic jams, avoid rush hour or prepare an alternate route. Driving in traffic is bad for vehicle fuel efficiency because every time you stop and have to restart, your van will burn a lot of petrol to get back on the road.
When you re-start your van after it has been parked for a few hours and the engines have cooled down, the first five miles will use more fuel than usual to get it running afterwards. So, by reducing all of your errands into one trip, you’ll really save money! Plan ahead for one large journey rather than a series of smaller ones to avoid running out of fuel. This won’t be possible every single day, but forward planning your route really will make a difference in the long run.
Abide by the speed limit
Sticking to the speed limit is the most fuel-efficient driving technique. This not only keeps you legal and reduces the risks of accidents, but it also saves you money on fuel! You’ll be slower, of course, but you’ll arrive with more fuel in the tank!
Organising your work van
You’ll save loads of time if you organise your work van, having a specific space for everything you need will not only look professional but make your job a lot easier! Here’s a quick and easy list for the best way to organise your van:
- Group the same type of tools together so you can grab everything you need for a specific task from the same place.
- Put larger items near the door so they’re easier to lift out of your van.
- Label everything!
- Keep multiples of the same tool in different toolboxes, so you’ll always have one nearby that you can grab.
Tool storage from The Case Farm
Here at The Case Farm, we understand that an organised toolbox is one of the most important things you can have as a tradesperson, which is why we offer a large range of tool storage solutions for a variety of budgets. Our heavy duty tool boxes are ideal for the professional tradesperson, they can withstand any damage that may occur on the job, which means your tools are always safe and sound.
Many of our toolboxes come with DIY foam inserts, which means you can trace, cut and peel your own tool outlines, making your tool storage fully customisable and your tools even safer. Or, if you’d prefer, our expert team can cut foam inserts to meet your needs and criteria, it’s really that simple!
Our team is always happy to help with any queries you may have, use our contact form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. You can read all our other storage and DIY blogs here.