If you have a large family, then a passenger van will make commuting far more convenient and comfortable. However, these large vehicles do not offer the same handling as smaller cars.
A larger body means that the stopping distance of a passenger van is longer than that of a small sedan. Also, many families overload passenger vans, which can elongate the stopping distance and increase the likelihood of a rollover crash.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries:
- Inspect your tires regularly;
- Do not use the van as a school bus;
- Reduce your speed;
- And avoid overloading.
No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, nobody can control the actions of other drivers. If you or a family member was injured by a negligent motorist in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
A Monroe auto accident lawyer will gather evidence, interview witnesses and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at four essential safety tips for passenger van drivers:
- Inspect Your Tires Regularly
According to SaferCar.gov, there are approximately 11,000 tire-related accidents in the United States each year. Although every driver should inspect their tires regularly, this is particularly important for large vehicles because they are more vulnerable to rollover accidents when they skid.
In addition to checking the tire tread, you should also monitor the tire pressure. This not only will prolong the life of your tires, but it will also help the tread wear evenly, which can improve traction.
- Do Not Use the Van as a School Bus
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautions drivers against using passenger vans as school busses. School busses are purpose-built to keep children safe.
- Reduce Your Speed
Speeding was a contributing factor in 28 percent of traffic accidents in 2014. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly one-third of all road deaths since 2005 involved speeding.
Travelling too fast reduces the amount of time you have to react to unexpected hazards. This is particularly true in large, heavy vehicles such as passenger vans. Speeding also increases the likelihood of a rollover crash.
- Avoid Overloading
Passenger vans are perfect for road trips and carpooling, but overloading your vehicle can be a deadly mistake. Transporting too much weight will adversely affect the van’s handling and will elongate the stopping distance.
Overloading a passenger van can also reduce the driver’s visibility. Make sure you can see the entire back window and all blind spots before departing.
If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused in Louisiana, contact a Monroe auto accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. We strive to provide all of our clients with the attention, compassion and respect they deserve. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.