Passenger vans are common sights on roadways across Mississippi during the hot and hectic summer months. Colleges, church youth groups, kids in camp and others keep the vehicles full. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (“NHTSA”) recently urged the owners of such 15-passenger vans to take certain steps to keep drivers and passengers safe as the vehicles can be especially dangerous if not operated correctly.
These larger passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, wider, and heavier (especially when fully loaded). They require trained drivers who are comfortable and experienced with the unique driving challenges associated with these larger vehicles. Some of the differences include a greater reliance on side mirrors and the difficult job of changing lanes and longer braking distances. Passenger vans also have a higher risk of crashes and rollovers if they are not properly operated.
These vans are especially sensitive to improper loading which is why the NHTSA warns that drivers should never overload the vans, no matter the reason. Users should make sure that the tires are properly inflated and have been inspected before any trip. Spares should never be used as long-term replacements given the special dangers of such vans.
The NHTSA provided the following list of tips if you’re planning a trip using such a passenger van in the near future:
• Owners should make sure that drivers are properly licensed, well trained, and
experienced in operating passenger vans.
• Drivers should be well rested. Fatigue can affect driving and response times.
• Vehicle weight should never exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
• Drivers should inspect the vehicle before every trip. Tires should be properly
inflated and should not show signs of wear or damage.
• Passengers should be warned not to stand up or move about the vehicle while the
van is in motion.
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Source: “Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Offers Tips for Safe Travel in 15-Passenger Vans,” published at HNTSA.gov.