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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