Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Driving Passenger Vans Safe and Sound

Unlike cars and other smaller passenger automobiles, passenger vans are quite different to drive due to its longer, higher and wider dimensions. Thus, drivers must rely more on their side mirrors before changing lanes. They must also observe added space, front and rear, to lessen the risk of crashes and other accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety research confirmed that rollovers involving passenger vans occur due to inexperience drivers and improperly sized or inflated tires. Improper loading of cargos and passengers also affect the center of gravity that may lead to rollover.

Here are some tips we got from Safercar.gov that drivers can easily remember to avoid auto accidents:

D - Driver should be well trained and experienced.
R- Rest well. Fatigue can affect driving and response time.
I - Inspect the vehicle before every trip, especially the tires.
V - Vehicle weight should never exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
E - Ensure all passengers are buckled up and side mirrors adjusted.
R - Replace old tires. Check the vehicle owner’s manual for correct size.
S - Safety is First.

Drivers have the duty to inspect their vehicles before starting the engine and pulling off the hand break. Proper car maintenance is also a key to a safe and relaxed travel. Drivers must also know the how to’s of driving. If you don’t have much time for these, then DON’T DRIVE. Do not be held accountable for causing injuries and fatalities due to vehicle accidents.

Following the tips above will not take much of your time. However, not doing these safety precautions may likely result to your last drive.