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Have you ever owned or driven a van?

Thrn maybe you can tell us why van drivers always leave the engine running when they get out to  go into a shop.  I've asked about ten people and they always say day "dunno"

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    By "van", are you referring to a semi or some other large truck?   The engines of  semi's and large trucks run on diesel fuel. One reason a driver of a large truck usually leaves the engine idling when he gets out of the truck  and goes into a shop is because it takes longer to re-start a diesel engine after it has been completely shut off, than it does to re-start the engine of an unleaded gasoline engine.

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  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I’ve only driven rental vans for moving house and that would void any insurance making me liable for a new van not to mention my furniature. Maybe white van man thinks he’s well hard an no one would dare stealing his van .

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes, I had a van some years ago.

    I never left it running at a shop.

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  • hart
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    arrogance and lack of physics

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  • 2 months ago

    I've never owned one but I've driven many from Grand Caravans to Promaster 3500's. I wouldn't be ashamed of owning a Grand Caravan or something like that, though. With the stow and go seats I can see having a lot of utility out of it. 

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  • arther
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    If its a truck with air brakes turn it off the compressed air leaks out your stuck there for 5 minutes before you can release the handbrake. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Obviously you've asked ten clueless people. Delivery drivers do that for two reasons. A lot of stops and starts is hard on the starter and battery, which both last a lot longer if the starts are reduced to a minimum. Starting also causes the most engine wear. An electric vehicle solves these issues. Some companies prohibit their drivers from doing this because of potential liability of leaving the vehicle running.  

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  • 2 months ago

    Don't know where you are but they don't here. First of all, that's one way to get your van stolen, secondly it's illegal.

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    • champer
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Yes it is, Edna. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 
      Regulation 107 refers.

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  • 2 months ago

    I have owned and driven two different conversion vans. I never left the engines running while not in the vehicles.

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I've driven one (actually, several) but never owned one. I have never left one running while I go into a store.

    • Eastside Guz
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      They are gas hogs too (I have driven a Plymouth Voyager) along with SUV's & 3/4 ton pickups

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