What your Church Must Know about 15-Passenger Van Safety
Many churches rely on 15-passenger vans as an economical mode of transportation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the rollover rate for these vans is higher than for most other vehicles, making 15-passenger van safety an essential topic for any church. Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing a rollover.
Choose tires that are rated “load range E,” which are capable of carrying heavier loads. Many vans are driven only a few miles each year, but that does not necessarily mean your tires will have a longer lifespan. Replace your tires if they have a tread depth of less than 1/8”, show signs of dry rot, or are more than five years old, whichever comes first.
When carrying only a few passengers, have them sit in the front of the van. Rollovers are less likely when weight inside the van is kept low and forward. This is another reason why you should not place luggage on top of the van. If your cargo will not fit, use another vehicle to haul it.
- Drive with a full tank of gas whenever possible.
- Allow only experienced operators to drive your van, and ensure each person completes a defensive driving course first.
- Have your van serviced on a regular basis to ensure all its safety features are in good working order.
- Require all passengers to wear seatbelts, and insist on using car seats for infants and small children.
- Make it a standard practice to perform a safety check that includes lights, horn, windshield wipers, etc., prior to each trip.
Even the most stringent safety program cannot prevent all accidents. Should an unfortunate incident occur, knowing you have the right insurance policy can be a great comfort. To find out more, please contact us.