Driving can be dangerous, no matter the size of your car, but especially if you’re driving a passenger van. Err on the side of caution with the following information.
Ten Passenger Van Safety
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Passenger vans make a lot of sense when it comes to transporting many people to a single location. They are compact, economical, and you can travel at your own pace. But they can also be dangerous when handled by an uninformed driver. Passenger vans are heavier than regular cars, and should be treated with more caution, especially in low visibility conditions, like snow or rain, or in potentially dangerous conditions, such as when there is a considerable amount of wind, or if black ice on the roads is a possibility. Drivers should give passenger vans a greater turn radius, accelerate at a slower rate, and pay greater attention to the road conditions and the vehicles around them.
WHO SHOULD DRIVE
Assigning a driver is a very important part of your trip. You will want to make sure that your driver is:
● Over 21 years of age, and has at least three years of experience operating passenger vans.
● A reliable driver. Check their driving record and make sure that they do not have a history of:
○ Moving violations
○ An accident in the last 12 months
○ Alcohol related violations
○ Alcohol related traffic stops
● Require any and all drivers to complete driver training for operating passenger vans, and ensure that they update their knowledge and competency with annual compliance.
● Drivers that have a commercial driver’s license are preferable over all other drivers. These licenses are more difficult to obtain than regular driver’s licences.
● Prohibit the consumption of any drugs or alcohol inside of the passenger van.
Preparations for Departure
With a passenger van, packing up and leaving requires a little bit of planning. When getting ready to go, make sure you:
● Take notice of, and correct, any defects with the passenger van. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
● Fill up the gas tank.
● Read the weather report and be wary of the weather on the road ahead.
● Deliberate on who sits up front next to the driver. This person should remain awake and alert, prepared to assist the driver.
● Check the tire pressure.
● Verify that the passenger van isn’t overloaded, or isn’t loaded excessively on the right or left side. An unbalanced weight distribution could cause the van to fall on it’s side during sharp turns.
● Make sure the driver knows where everything is, such as windshield wipers, brights, etc.
Once the passenger van is loaded and everyone is prepared to go, follow these precautions to stay safe:check it here, http://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/drivers-needed-for-veterans-van-program/article_3d03ac6e-9bac-5f2f-9225-688c9188c750.html
● Rotate drivers every 400 miles, and remind all drivers to be honest with themselves and the others about when they need a break.
● ALWAYS wear the seat belts.
● Use the headlights as much as possible.
● Do not speed. It is more difficult to slow down a passenger van than a regular car.
Passenger vans are nothing to be scared of, or to avoid, but extra precautions should be taken with them, for the safety of your passengers, other drivers, and yourself.