Work Van Driving Safety Tips

work van driving tipsThe new work vans on the market allow for high levels of maneuverability, however it can still be a challenge to drive in heavy traffic. Adrian Steel has put together a few quick driving safety tips to help ensure that you and your vehicle get to and from your destination safely.

Avoid Causing a Traffic Jam

No one likes to be stuck in traffic. But, did you know that there are a few ways that you can help to avoid contributing to a traffic jam? It’s all about consistency:

  • Pay attention – watch for indications of slowing traffic ahead and gently slow down as soon as you see brake lights
  • Don’t slow down more than necessary – every time you hit your brakes, you perpetuate the chain reaction of slowing down through the entire line of traffic
  • When possible, try to avoid coming to a complete stop on the highway
  • Drive consistently – in lighter traffic, be sure to maintain a consistent speed to avoid causing other drivers to brake unnecessarily

 

Share the Road

You have probably noticed that driving a work van requires a little bit more effort than driving a compact car. Because of the size of your van, it’s critical to pay special attention while on the road. While it can sometimes be frustrating to share the road with other drivers, there are a few driving safety tips to take into consideration for safe travels:

  • Don’t follow too closely behind semi-trucks – if you can’t see the driver’s mirrors, then he or she can’t see you!
  • Change lanes safely – you know the drill: check mirrors and blind spots, use your turn signal, and ensure that you don’t cut off other drivers
  • Be conscientious when parking – work vans are bigger than the typical car, so when in more populated areas, make sure to park as close to the curb as possible or near the back of the parking lot

Adrian Steel is not responsible for any accidents or incidents that could happen while on the road.

 

About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel is committed to providing you with the most innovative, high-quality upfits for your work van on the market. With our upfits, you can be re-assured that your valuable cargo will be stored safely and securely. To learn more about Adrian Steel products, visit our website, give us a call at (800) 677-2726, or send us an email at info@adriansteel.com.

 

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ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units

adseries adjustable shelvingHave you ever invested in a piece of equipment just to find out that it didn’t work for your needs? It can be really frustrating! Often times, product manufacturers take the liberty to decide what they think will work best for you and offer a “one-size-fit-all” option. Here at Adrian Steel, we know that in reality “one-size” does not fit all. We strive to provide you with a wide array of customizable options, like our ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units, a unique product that allows you to have the freedom to decide exactly how your upfit shelving should be organized.

 

With Adrian Steel’s exclusive ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units, you are able to easily customize the Plug and Play shelves to fit your specific needs. Tools and equipment come in all shapes and sizes and ADseries shelving allows you to easily accommodate your uniquely shaped cargo items.

 

How it works

Quickly and easily adjust your shelving by unscrewing two bolts from the speed nut clips that come with the shelf with a Phillips screwdriver. Tilt the shelf upwards and simply move it to your desired location, insert the rear shelf studs, and screw the bolts back in!

 

ADseries Adjustable shelving features durable stamped steel end panels and shelves and a six inch knock out at the bottom to provide floor space. Plug and Play shelves come pre-punched with holes and can be adjusted on one inch increments.

 

Bonus Products: ADseries dividers snap into place, drawer units easily bolt in, and door kits can be installed to add a lockable cabinet to your shelving. Many Adrian Steel accessories can be added to the ADseries with the rail adapter kits and end panel brackets.

 

View our video about ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units.

 

About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel is a leading manufacturer of van shelving solutions. In addition to adjustable shelving units, Adrian Steel also offers welded van shelving units. Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more about all of our cargo management solutions!

 

Phone: (800) 677-2726

Email: info@adriansteel.com

 

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Check out Adrian Steel at the CEDIA Expo!

Home technologyThis weekend Adrian Steel is in Denver, Colorado for the CEDIA Expo! Hosted by the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, the expo explores home technology trends of today and the future. CEDIA is a global authority in the home technology industry and represents 3,500 member companies in the security, audio/visual, energy management, entertainment, home health, and automation fields.

 

Attendees can find Adrian Steel at Booth 1222 where we will demonstrate how a vehicle upfit can benefit your business. We can walk you through the upfit process and help you make choices that are right for you.

 

Here’s a quick look at some of Adrian Steel’s products that may be of interest to professionals in the home technology industry:

 

Ladder Racks & Keepers – Many home technology professionals require a ladder on the job; however, ladders aren’t always the easiest piece of equipment to tote to and from a jobsite. Adrian Steel understands this challenge and offers several options to help you transport your ladder. The Grip-Lock Ladder Rack mounts on your van roof and firmly grips your ladder to prevent movement during transportation. The EZ Load Ladder Rack lowers your ladder six inches towards you to make the loading process quick and easy. The LoadsRite Drop-Down Ladder Rack allows you to easily raise and lower your ladder in a diagonal position, relieving back strain and preventing injury. Ladder Keepers are available to store your ladder inside your van, but out of the way on the ceiling.

 

Blue Bin System – If you find yourself returning to your vehicle often to grab forgotten small tools, the Blue Bin System may be of interest to you. Adrian Steel’s exclusive blue bins snap onto shelving units to securely store small tools and parts during transportation. Blue bins can be easily removed and stacked to carry to and from a job.

 

Toolboxes – Not everyone who works in the home technology industry drives a work van, many drive trucks too! Adrian Steel offers high-quality, durable aluminum toolboxes to help professionals safely store their equipment in their pickups. Toolboxes extend across the width of your truck bed, offering plenty of storage and are designed to mount to your truck with no-drill brackets.

 

About Adrian Steel

For more than 60 years, Adrian Steel has been a leading manufacturer of cargo management solutions. Adrian Steel is committed to providing customers with the most innovative and durable products on the market. To learn more about Adrian Steel’s products, call (800) 677-2726, email info@adriansteel.com, or visit www.adriansteel.com.

 

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Maintaining your Upfit for Years to Come

maintaining van upfitsAn upfit is an investment in your business. It helps you stay organized, safely store your tools and equipment, and present a professional image to your customers. Adrian Steel produces only the highest-quality Contractor Grade storage solutions that are built to last. However, there are a few easy ways you can ensure that your upfit will be in tip-top shape for years to come. Here are some quick vehicle maintenance tips to help you extend your upfit’s life:

 

Keep Your Van Interior Organized & Clean

 

Whether you’re a neat freak or a bit on the disorganized side, it’s important to keep your work van relatively clean. If you can’t see the floor of your work van, it is probably time for a good deep clean. When you have a messy work van, not only will it make your job tougher, but the mess could mask potential damage to your upfit. If you carry any chemicals in your vehicle, you will want to make sure that there aren’t any hidden spills that could be eroding your upfit. It’s also a good idea to regularly check for moisture damage, mold, and bugs.

 

How to Clean

 

Fortunately, Adrian Steel’s heavy-duty upfit products are easy to clean and maintain! Made mostly of steel and composite materials, Adrian Steel products are tough to stain and damage. However, through normal wear-and-tear, dirt and grime can begin to build up over time. To clean, first remove all tools and equipment from the vehicle. Vacuum up any loose dirt and dust in the cargo area. Next, using a sponge or rag and a mild detergent, wipe down the surface of all shelves, drawer interiors, and any areas that have built up any dirt or grime. If you’ve noticed any squeaky hinges or sticking drawers, take a minute to grease up areas in need.

 

Warranty Info

 

Here at Adrian Steel, we understand that when you invest in an upfit for your work vehicle, you want it to last. That’s why our warranties cover our products for three years or 36,000 miles. Warranty claims are less than 1% of sales so you can be confident that your upfit will stay in shape for years to come!

 

Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more about the most durable and reliable upfits in the industry. Give us a call at (800) 677-2726, send us an email at info@adriansteel.com, or visit our website for more information.

 

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Adrian Steel Door Kits

Adrian Steel Door KitsAre you looking to switch things up in your work van? Maybe you’d like to amp up the security of your tools, or simply give your upfit a cleaner look. Adrian Steel now offers Door Kits that can be added to welded, adjustable, or ADseries shelving units.

 

These convenient and easy-to-install door kits convert an open shelf into a locking cabinet or wheelwell cover. Door kits include a reinforced door with stop and mounting fasteners and key-locking tee handle, a great option to provide an extra level of security for your more valuable tools and equipment. Door kits are contractor grade and built to last.

 

And there’s a bonus! By adding a door kit to your existing shelving units, not only will your tools and equipment be more secure, but it will also be out of sight!

 

Learn more about Adrian Steel’s door kits.

 

About Adrian Steel

 

Adrian Steel offers innovative cargo management solutions to help professionals use their work vehicles as efficiently as possible. To learn about all of Adrian Steel’s products, visit www.adriansteel.com, give us a call at (800) 677-2726, or send us an email at info@adriansteel.com. All of our products are available through our distributors located across the United States and Canada. View our extensive network of distributors.

 

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Automotive Glass Repair Package

Automotive Glass can be a tough product to transport. Many automotive glass repair professionals today work on-the-go, meeting their customers at a location that is beneficial for them. Whether you’re transporting glass to and from a pop-up shop in a parking lot or to a customer’s home, you will need to have the right equipment to transport your glass safely.

 

Fortunately, Adrian Steel has a solution just for you! Adrian Steel is proud to offer the only van interior designed specifically to keep your glass safe and secure during transportation. The Automotive Glass Repair Package gives you options to store all of your tools and equipment securely while preventing your glass from damage.

 

Here is a quick look at some of the features included in the Adrian Steel Automotive Glass Repair Package:

 

Auto Glass RackS-111524B Burco Auto Glass Rack – Burco S-Series glass racks are available in a variety of widths and mast extensions and can fit any van. These racks hold up to 11 windshields and allow you to easily load and unload your glass from the top or side. The Burco racks can transport both tall windshields and small glass panels between protective, foam-covered post without the risk of damage.

 

Auto Glass Storage Station – Conveniently store all of your tools and supplies in the Auto Glass Storage Station, a unit that makes organization a cinch. The station includes several removable and stackable blue bins to transport your tools to and from your vehicle.

 

Auto Glass Trim Weld Storage – Windshield gaskets can be an awkward item to store in your vehicle. The Auto Glass Trim Weld Storage is an excellent option for holding those pesky gaskets in place during transportation, ultimately minimizing product damage and saving you money!

 

Adrian Steel offers complete Automotive Glass Repair Package for both GM long wheelbase vans and Ford long wheelbase vans.

 

Get Your Adrian Steel Automotive Glass Repair Package Today!

Contact an Adrian Steel distributor near you to discuss upfit options for your work van. Certified Sales Professionals and Installation Technicians are located across the United States and Canada and can help you find the best upfit to meet your needs. To learn more about Adrian Steel, visit www.adriansteel.com, call (800) 677-2726, or email info@adriansteel.com.

 

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Comfortable Storage Solutions Designed for You

Adrian Steel's LoadsRite Ladder Rack designed for comfortHard work shouldn’t be hard on you and Adrian Steel is committed to providing you with quality products that make your job easier, safer, and more comfortable. Our innovative cargo management solutions keep you working smart and in comfort.

Our systems can be applied to one application, one vehicle or an entire fleet. More than 300 independent truck equipment distributors nationwide sell and service Adrian Steel products, so there’s sure to be a location near you. We also offer factory ship-thru installation. Your vehicles are upfitted and shipped directly to your GM, Ford or Dodge dealer. Upfits can be limited or extensive and industry specific. Comfortable storage for your truck or van can make a huge difference in job safety and comfort.

 

Ladder racks are a great example of our comfortable storage options. Ladder racks increase cargo space, store your ladder safely and securely, and make your job easier. Ladders racks make it much simpler to load and unload your ladder. Our LoadsRite Ladder Racks offer a hydraulic speed damper to gently lower the ladder to you. With the LoadsRite, there’s no straining of the back and less risk of injury. Adrian Steel also offers EZ Load, GripLock, Load Runner, Ladder Keeper, LoadFlex and perimeter ladder racks.

 

Van partitions are another valuable, comfortable storage option available from Adrian Steel.  Adrian Steel’s practical partitions create a secure division between the passenger compartment and the storage section. Noise reduction and climate control are notable benefits. Partitions also increase safety by separating passengers from any loose cargo. Efficiency and organization are improved with direct mount van partition accessories. Accessories create more space and storage for equipment and business paper work.

 

Adrian Steel also offers a variety of bin systems perfect for your line of work. Storage systems keep your tools and equipment organized and within easy-reach.  Our bin storage systems are heavy duty and made to last. Combined with storage modules, toolboxes, partitions, ladder racks, and other comfortable storage solutions, Adrian Steel has everything you need to make your work easier, safer, and more comfortable.

 

Adrian Steel was founded on attention to detail and customers. Those values have been instilled in the Adrian Steel team since the company began operations in 1953. Company founder, Bob Westfall, University of Michigan All-American and Detroit Lions All-Pro football standout, wouldn’t do business any other way. You can count on Adrian Steel for durable, reliable and valuable products.

 

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Preview: 2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van

It is that time of year again! The upcoming 2015 cargo vans will soon roll out and Adrian Steel is hard at work producing a full line of upfit products for the latest additions. The 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van is designed with you in mind – efficient, easy to maneuver, and a high cargo capacity. The City Express is a great choice for contractors and other industry professionals who need to get around in highly populated areas.

 

The specs on the 2015 Chevrolet City Express speak for themselves:

  • Engine - 2.0L DOHC L1 (131 hp @ 5200 rpm, 139 lb-ft of torque @ 4900 rpm)
  • Wheels - 15” Steel
  • Cargo Capacity - 1,477 lbs payload capacity, 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space, six in floor mounted tie down D rings, 20 integrated mounting points.
  • Maneuvering - 36.7 foot curb-to-curb turning diameter

In addition to these exciting features, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express also boasts a fold-flat passenger seat that converts into a workstation, laptop/hanging file folder storage, a stationary tray, 13 different storage areas, and 12-volt outlet on the LT model. The City Express is also the perfect work van for city streets and tight fits. The unique size, proportions, and 73.7” by 186.3” exterior dimensions make it the ideal van for maneuvering into standard parking spaces. If you’re looking for a commercial vehicle for your urban jobs, the Chevrolet City Express is a great option for you!

 

About Adrian Steel

Since its beginning in 1953, Adrian Steel has upfitted more than one million vehicles. Adrian Steel is committed to manufacturing the most innovative cargo management solutions on the market. Durable shelving and drawers, high quality tool boxes, and easy-to-use ladder racks are just a few of the products Adrian Steel offers. To purchase Adrian Steel products, view our extensive distributor network to find a distributor near you.

 

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Just Released: Adrian Steel’s New 2015 Ford Transit Products

 

2015 Transit Connect Adrian Steel UpfitThe 2015 Ford Transit is one of the most exciting cargo vans to be introduced in recent years. Built to last with plenty of storage space yet also easy to drive and maneuver on city streets, the Transit is the perfect choice for those who want it all. Available in low, medium, and high roof model, the Transit is also extremely flexible and Adrian Steel is thrilled to work with Ford to bring you some fantastic new upfit products that were created specifically for the Transit.

 

Shelving

 

Our exclusive ADseries shelving units are easily adjustable and have been re-designed for the Ford Transit’s three roof heights. Adjust ADseries shelving by simply unscrewing two bolts with a Phillips screwdriver! This series also comes with Plug and Play shelves to allow a high level of customization. Durable welded shelving, which allows for a higher weight capacity, is also available for the Transit.

 

Partitions

 

Partitions create a barrier between the cargo area and the cab, increasing passenger safety and reducing noise, among other benefits. Our Transit partitions are available with solid or perforated panels and can accommodate accessories if the owner chooses. These specially designed partition options include a fixed center panel, a hinged center panel “door”, and a wing kit.

 

Ladder Racks

 

We’ve designed an all-new EZ Load ladder rack for the Transit models. Just like its name implies, the EZ Load is crafted to make it easy to operate, adjust, maintain, and accessorize a ladder. The EZ Load is a lockable, easy to grip ladder rack that is designed with ergonomics in mind. Adrian Steel has also redesigned its popular LOADSRITE drop-down ladder racks. The LOADSRITE features an easy-to-reach handle, a glide-out bed platform, and hydraulic load assist to eliminate physical strain on the user. A basic Aluminum Utility Rack is also available for the Transit Low Roof.

 

Trade Packages

 

We understand that professionals in different trades have different needs when it comes to work vans. Trade packages address the unique issues that each industry professional may encounter.  The following trade packages are currently available:

 

Low Roof

  • Electrical & Gas Appliance Repair Package
  • General Service Package
  • Plumbing, Heating & A/C Repair Package
  • Locksmith Package
  • Base Shelving Package

 

Medium & High Roof

  • General Service Package
  • Electrical Contractor Package
  • Plumbing, Heating & A/C Repair Package
  • Locksmith Package
  • Base Shelving Package

 

We also offer the standard upfit items that such as drawer units, hook bars, tank racks, data files, and door kits that can easily be integrated into the Ford Transit.

 

For more information, please view the Ford Transit Catalog or browse all upfit options at http://www.adriansteel.com/item/cargo-vans/ford-transit/.

 

About Adrian Steel

 

Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel is the premiere company for all of your commercial vehicle storage solution needs. Since opening their doors in 1953, Adrian Steel has installed upfits on over one million vehicles and has been committed to providing quality products highlighted by constant innovation. Their strong reputation in the industry is matched only by their resolve to offer the best lead times and highest quality product. Their products are durable and reliable, with warranty claims on less than 1% of sales. Adrian Steel warranties cover their products for three years or 36,000 miles.

 

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Exclusive Lock N’ Latch Drawer Units

2 drawer medium

Are you tired of the drawers in your commercial vehicle constantly rattling and opening during transportation? Annoyed when the drawers close on your fingers when you want them to stay open?

 

Adrian Steel has a solution for you: the Lock N’ Latch drawer system.

 

This exclusive system allows you to lock the drawers in an open, closed, or locked closed position. The all new, heavy duty drawer glides make opening and closing the drawers a cinch. Constructed of durable, composite materials, Lock N’ Latch drawers fit snuggly within the unit, reducing rattling noise significantly. Various sizes are available, and drawer units can easily be enclosed in a cabinet to maximize storage options. Drawers come with removable trays that are perfect to store small tools and parts while on the go. Learn more about the Lock N’ Latch system by viewing our product video!


Features

  • Heavy-duty drawer glides
  • Durable
  • Lock the drawer in any position (open or closed)
  • Various sizes
  • Removable trays

Benefits

  • Reduce rattling noise
  • Increase storage space
  • Convenient – you can lock and latch the drawer in the ‘open’ position while you work
  • Customizable for your industry (various sizes)
  • Secure

Products

Four Drawer Shallow

Three Drawer Combo

Two Drawer Medium


Get your Lock N’ Latch Drawers today!

All of Adrian Steel’s products are available through our extensive network of distributors located across the United State and Canada. Find an Adrian Steel distributor near you to help you find the best cargo management solutions to fit your needs. Adrian Steel’s products are made to last and our warranty covers our products for three years or 36,000 miles.


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