Signwriting your minibus
SIGNWRITING YOUR MINIBUS
If you’ve decided to lease a minibus for your school or business you may be considering adding your branding. We’ve shared our advice below but if you’ve any more questions do speak to your knowledgeable team as we can offer a complete design service with a high quality signwriting company.
Should I brand my minibus?
We strongly believe that your new minibus is a great way to advertise and promote your school or business. It can be an effective (and usually inexpensive) method of making your minibus and, school or business, stand out to create the right image in your local community.
Of course, we understand that some businesses may not want to draw too much attention to their vehicle, for many reasons, but with stats showing that as many as 3,000 people an hour may see your vehicle – are you missing a trick?
How it’s done
Sign writing is pretty sophisticated these days and options are fairly wide reaching. One option is to use stencilled adhesive vinyl lettering on the bonnet, rear doors or side of the vehicle. Another option is a full or part vinyl vehicle wrap.
What should my signage say?
Professionals who design vehicle signage recommend keeping things simple and stick to easily identifiable images, names or logos and strong complementary colours that resonate with your brand.
Contact details should also be kept to a minimum with a website address and contact number usually sufficient.
The back of the vehicle is often thought of as the best place for information as it gives those travelling behind you the best chance of capturing the details.
Can I sign-write my lease minibus?
Absolutely! Our team will advise you of any terms and conditions attached to your minibus being sign written, some companies for example prefer you to remove any signage before handing the vehicle back at the end of the lease term whilst others will remove for you.
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One of the little spoken about areas of driving a new minibus is passenger management. As a driver you have responsibility for the safety of your passengers. Whilst you don't want to be aggressive there is a need to be clear about safety and the responsibilties of your passengers.
On a recent bus journey the driver positioned it very well. He said 'ladies and genetlemen it is a legal requirement for all passengers to wear a seat belt whilst we are in transit." So he didn't tell them what to do, he just made it very clear about what the law requires.
Giving clear instructions on what to do if they need to attract your attention is important. If you don't want them walking up to you, or climbing over seats, what do you want. Some say something like; "Please pass a message on via your fellow passengers and I can stop at the next suitable and safe place to do so."
You can also make it clear about food and drink on your minibus. Yes it's fun but someone has to clear up the mess. I heard one driver say, "We will be taking regular stops to use the facilities and to enjoy our sandwiches and drinks. I would appreciate it if we could all do the same and not eat or drink on the minibus, as I will have to clean up any mess, which means less time to walk my dogs." A bit of engaging humour to make the point.
However you do it it is important to take control and give clear but gentle instructions on the behaviours that are required from passengers.
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