Driving a van can be a risky endeavor. Rollover crashes are among the most common accidents for large vans. But the likelihood of a tragic road accident can be decreased by taking proper safety precautions.
Tips for Driving a Van Safely
Here are a few safety tips to help reduce the risk of accident while driving a van:
- All passengers should wear their seat belts at all times.
- Large vans should be operated by experienced or trained drivers who are comfortable handling the unique maneuvering of a large vehicle.
- Drivers should be alert and focused. Driving should be limited to a maximum of eight hours per driver, per day. Conversations on a cell phone or with passengers should be limited.
- Mirrors should be carefully used and adjusted for each driver.
- Following distance must be increased for vans. Braking is more difficult for large, heavy vehicles and the increased stopping distance should be accounted for.
- When necessary, back up the van with assistance from a spotter.
- Tires should be inspected for traction and tire pressure before van use.
- Luggage should be stored evenly throughout the van and should not obstruct any views.
- Luggage should not be stored on the exterior of the van for any reason.
- Avoid towing anything behind the van unless the driver has previous towing experience.
As with any vehicle, it is imperative that van safety measures be taken to ensure the wellbeing of passengers in the vehicle as well as that of the public roads in general.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation from the responsible party. The Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your case and your legal options. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation.