The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a number of safety reminders about passenger vans after two fatal accidents led to 10 deaths. Passenger vans have a greater probability of serious or fatal car accidents when inexperienced drivers are at the wheel, the tires are improperly inflated or the van is overloaded.
The NHTSA released a number of safety tips for passengers and drivers of passenger vans. Drivers should adhere to the NHTSA to prevent passenger van rollovers and car crashes.
Several safety recommendations from the NHTSA website are listed below:
- D: Drivers 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.
These suggestions apply to all drivers of passenger vans. The wide size of vans and the top-heavy loading of the vans make them more prone to serious accidents. Following these NHTSA recommendations will help drivers and passengers stay safe on the road.
Source: NHTSA, "Passenger Van Safety" 11/14/2011