Renault Master delivery van – safety features

Renault van – safety feature

Transporting freight usually has a rough and tough industry image.  But COVID-19 has raised the profile of drivers and other employees.  David Brown says this must go to vehicle features.

We have been testing the Renault Master large delivery van.

One of the great safety features is that they have a full barrier between the cargo area and the front driver and passengers.  This not only stops items being thrown forward as dangerous  projectiles, but the immediately obvious benefit was that it made the cabin much quieter.

Cargo areas, especially when empty, act like echo chambers creating a tiring, even distressing, drumming noise for the driver.

We had the six-speed manual but again its ease of operation reduced stress.

There has been an on-going push to make SUVs and utes more comfortable but fleet managers are increasing aware of comfort for these essential workers.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto