As a tradie, your day-to-day life is probably filled with moving from one job site to another. The last thing that you need is for a mechanical failure or accident to occur involving your vehicle. This can set your work schedule back by weeks, impacting your overall business in the long run. That’s why safety should be a top priority when picking out your rental tradie vehicle. In this blog, we’ll outline the top 5 safety features to look out for when renting a new vehicle for your business.
1. Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
Anti-lock brakes are a standard safety feature in all vehicles, but they are especially important for tradies. As the name suggests, they prevent the wheels from locking up during a sudden stop or slippery terrain. This ensures that the driver can maintain control over the vehicle. Anti-lock brakes are essential for tradie vehicles driving across uneven terrain or carrying heavy loads that impact stopping distances.
2. Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Electronic stability control is an automatic safety feature that prevents drivers from losing control during unexpected steering manoeuvres such as swerving to avoid an obstacle. Together with an ABS, these systems can be especially important for tradies as they can help to also reduce the risk of rollovers.
3. Blind Spot Monitoring
Blind-spot monitoring is a safety feature that warns drivers whenever a vehicle is in your blind spot, helping to avoid collisions during lane changes or merging. This is usually indicated with either a sound, symbol, or vibration. Tradies who drive larger vehicles such as vans should prioritise this feature.
4. Rear-View Camera
When reversing, this camera will show what’s behind your vehicle, making it easier to avoid hitting other vehicles or objects. This is particularly important for tradies who may often find themselves in tight spaces with limited visibility.
5. Lane Departure Warning & Keep Assist
Driver fatigue is an especially common risk for tradies who can spend hours behind the wheel, either early in the morning or after a long day. Lane departure warning and keeping assist are safety features that help your vehicle stay within the lane and avoid collisions, by alerting the driver and gently steering the vehicle back inside respectively.
TradieSpec’s Rental Vehicles
At TradieSpec, our rental vehicles come with several safety features ideal for tradies, many of them with a 5-star ANCAP rating. In the case of mechanical failure or an accident, we also offer replacement vehicles that are equipped for your specific needs. Get a free quote today on work vehicles with flexible contracts that will keep your business on the road and minimise disruptions.