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Why a Small Delivery Van Is Better for Urban Areas

Todd Cawley | May 7th, 2022

The requirements for operating a delivery service in an urban area vary from those in suburbs or rural locations. Typically, such a delivery service expects shorter distances, heavier traffic, and varying time spent on the road. This is because urban areas involve narrow streets with crossing pedestrians and more obstacles when parking. A small delivery van is better for urban areas due to its size, maneuverability, and sustainability. Learn how investing in a small delivery van can optimize your business by providing high-quality service to customers in densely populated urban areas.

The Size

Various delivery services require specific types of vehicles, such as semi-trucks or insulated vans from refrigerated truck manufacturers. The size of your delivery vehicle determines the amount of cargo you can load and how efficiently you can drive on the road. A small delivery van is better for urban areas because it eliminates the issue of parallel parking or having a high roof going under a parking deck.

The Mobility

Urban areas contain narrow streets occupied by pedestrians and other forms of traffic. It’s important for a delivery vehicle to have maneuverability to avoid collisions and protect the cargo. A small delivery van is easy to drive on the roads with a tighter turning radius and shorter exterior dimensions. A small delivery van also permits the driver to park in more narrow spaces inside urban areas to make deliveries.

The Economic Benefits

A delivery service can spend just as much time on the road in an urban area as it does in a rural location. Delivering goods in a city has shorter routes, but these have more pedestrians and vehicles occupying them. A larger van has a higher fuel consumption rate. Using a small delivery van provides a benefit in fuel economy for your business by requiring less and still covering the necessary routes.

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