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Van specialist offers parents help with the all-important move

With up to 409,000 first year students expected to take up their university places* this month, the UK’s motorways are busy with parents getting their offspring - and their assorted clothes, books and baggage - to their new accommodation around the country. With long lists of items to pack and a struggle to fit it all into the family car, the experience can be particularly stressful. Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is therefore making it easier for parents to get their kids settled. From just £14 a day, Europcar’s van rental service can make the whole process that little bit easier.

Ken McCall, Managing Director of Europcar UK Group explains: “A van provides a great, safe and cost effective alternative to overfilling the family car or making multiple trips to get everything to University digs. So there’s no reason why students can’t take all of the essentials, and have space for books, kitchen paraphernalia, guitars, games consoles, and even the TV!”

With over 170 van locations and a wide choice of vehicles available, parents can be confident they will be able to select the right van for their needs. Plus all Europcar vans are fully maintained and come with 24 hour breakdown cover to put minds at rest and the company offers a range of tips on how to drive and load a van.

“Our goal is to relieve some of the stress of the mass exodus from home to Uni, leaving parents free to enjoy this momentous stage of their child’s life without arguing over what and who can fit in the car!”, continued Ken McCall. “Europcar’s van rental service makes a real difference because it offers the flexibility of hourly rates, one way use and overnight rentals. Plus, we even deliver to home addresses through our delivery and collection service.”

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Student van hire


Tips for driving your van safely from Europcar

• Watch your speed
Depending on the size of the van, the speed at which it can be driven may well be slower than the national limit so make sure you check the limits when collecting the vehicle.

• Get familiar
Take the time to get to know the size and responsiveness of the van before you head out onto busy roads.

• Handle with caution
Remember that the van will handle differently when you collect it empty to how it will feel once it is fully loaded.

• Secure the load
Even a small amount of movement in a van can cause it to move around dangerously, so ensure items are packed securely.

• Know your size
Make sure you are aware of the additional height and width of the van, remembering to take extra care under low bridges and overhanging trees. Also remember vans need extra room to turn corners, due to the extra length of the vehicle.

• Take it slowly
Larger vehicles require a much longer braking distance, especially when fully-loaded or in poor weather, so watch your speed. In addition, make sure you take tight bends slowly as vans are more liable to tip over due to their height and increased centre of gravity.

• Pick your positioning
Take advantage of the higher seat in a van and make sure you look around and use your mirrors often. There is no option to look over your shoulder in a van so make sure you angle your mirror to give you sight at junctions.

• Changing lanes
Approach changing lanes with caution and be sure to look out for two-wheeled vehicles and pedestrians.

• Mind the doors
It might seem obvious, but it is easy to overlook closing the door after packing a van. Make sure both the rear and side doors are securely shut before setting off.

• Parking assistance
Ask someone to guide you when reversing or parking if the van has blind spots. It might take longer, but it is a lot safer.


About Europcar
Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the Group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar Group operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent®, which is its low cost brand. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2014 for the 6th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards (« World's Leading Green Transport Solution Company »). Europcar was also designed « Leading Car Rental Company » in Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Australia. Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.


For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:

Madeleine Roles, Ally Redding, Charlie Hart or Wendy Harrison
020 8977 9132

Charlotte Hart
HSL|Junior Account Executive
Telephone: 020 8977 9132
Address: Churcham House|1 Bridgeman Road|Teddington|TW11 9AJ

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