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Don’t Forget a Toothbrush … and the TV!

Europcar van hire from just £16 per day helps parents pack their kids off to uni


London, September 2014 – With reports of a record number of 18 year olds heading to UK universities this year, Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe is offering parents a helping hand to get their kids settled into student digs. Over 400,000* people have a university or college place confirmed and a significant proportion of those will be packing guitars, books and bedding, ready for their first year in student halls. With Europcar’s van hire available from just £16 per day, parents can do it all in one trip, not only keeping costs down but ensuring a safe journey.


“September sees the traditional migration of kids as thousands fly the nest for the first time to start university,” says Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “The motorways are full of cars stuffed with the belongings of budding undergraduates. But we think it makes much more sense for families to travel in safety and comfort in a van that’s much more fit for purpose.


“Europcar’s van fleet offers a great alternative for parents, with plenty of room for all the essentials, from books and kitchen paraphernalia to guitars, games consoles, even the TV!”


With over 170 van locations across the UK, Europcar offers a wide choice of vans from the Vauxhall Combo to the Luton Box Van with taillift, designed to suit a wide range of needs. The minimum age for van hire is 22 and all Europcar vans are fully maintained to manufacturer specifications and covered by 24 hour breakdown for added peace of mind.


“From personal experience, I know that the first year trip to student halls is stressful enough without having to worry about getting everything packed into the family car”, continued Ken McCall. “Van hire from Europcar makes a real difference because it offers the flexibility of hourly rates and one way and overnight rentals.  Plus, to reduce the stress even further, we deliver to home addresses through our delivery and collection service.


“With more students than ever setting off for university this Autumn, van hire is the perfect way for parents to help them move, without breaking the budget or overloading the car.”




 Very Useful Van Advice 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

Be more cautious when changing lanes 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.






*Source http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/15/record-number-students-university-women-deprived-areas





For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:  Dominic Dennis, Ed McCambridge, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  europcarukteam@harrisonsadler.com



About Europcar Group:

Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 130 countries, the group provides customers with one of the largest car rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent, which is its low cost brand. It also operates the National and Alamo brands in EMEA. 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 recognised again in 2012 and for the 4th consecutive year, as the winner of the first World Travel Award and as the World’s Leading Green Transport Solutions Company. Europcar was honoured for the first time in 2012 with the “Europe’s Responsible Tourism Award”. Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.


For more information: www.europcar.co.uk



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