A helping hand to ease one of the most difficult tasks facing most van drivers on their daily round is being offered by Vauxhall.

An electronic parking sensor has been introduced to fit the company’s range of LCV’s. Previously only available for passenger cars, parking sensors make just as much sense for beleaguered van drivers constantly faced with the problem of sandwiching their sometimes cumbersome workhorses into the most inaccessible spaces.

Commercial vehicle parking sensors can significantly reduce the rate of bumper, bodywork and tail light damage, helping to minimise minor insurance claims. Two kits are now available from Vauxhall dealers to fit Vivaro, Movano and Combo vans.

Each kit features two ultrasonic sensors mounted into the bumper, or below the Movano bumper, to detect obstacles up to 100 cm behind the vehicle. Parked vehicles and other obstructions are indicated to the driver by an audible tone inside the cab.

Automatically activated when reverse gear is engaged, the warning device increases in frequency as the obstruction gets closer – less than 30 cm away it is indicated by a constant tone. Both kits have been tested to ensure that other electrical components in the vehicle are not adversely affected.

Consisting of a control unit, two sensors with mounting parts, loudspeaker, wiring harness and full installation instructions, the kits can be fitted by Vauxhall dealers in between 1.5 and three hours, depending on the van model. Both are priced at £84.25 excluding fitting and VAT.

Published : 09/09/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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