Stay Safe on the Road with 15-Passenger Van Safetybeing there // on Thursday May 12, 2016
With summer quickly approaching, it’s time for your organization to start thinking about their summer road trips. Trying to plan a road trip with multiple people can be difficult to do.
Determining how many cars you will need, where you will get the cars from and who will drive them can be stressful. To help alleviate this frustration, many organizations turn to 15-passenger vans as their mode of transportation.
While using a 15-passenger van may sound like a great solution to transporting multiple people, they also can pose serious threats to your passengers. Compared to other vehicles, 15-Passenger vans have a high rollover rate. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration research shows this increased risk of rollover is due to inexperienced drivers, improperly sized and/or inflated tires and incorrectly loaded cargo and passengers that affect the center of gravity of the vehicle.
To help reduce the risk of rollovers, consider taking the following measures:
- Tires – Buy high quality tires that are rated load range E with a tread depth greater than 1/8 inch. Remember, tires can degrade overtime. GuideOne recommends replacing 15-passanger van tires over five years of age.
- Gas – Keep the gas tank as full as possible at all times.
- Drivers – Only allow experienced drivers to operate your 15-passanger van. Require that they either have a Commercial Driver’s License or pass a defensive driving course.
- Passengers – When loading the van, fill the front seats first. Keep as much weight low and forward in the van as possible.
- Extra Cargo – Never load items on the roof of the van. Fit all extra cargo inside the van or in a separate vehicle.
- Seatbelts – Require all passengers and drivers to wear their seatbelts at all times.
In addition, the Roadmaster Active Suspension (RAS) kit has been developed to improve the performance of vehicle suspension and handling while reducing the risk of rollovers in 10-, 12- and 15- passenger vans during emergency maneuver situations. These vans have leaf springs, which act as a suspension system to absorb any impact that may occur. RAS consists of two coil springs designed to assist the rear leaf springs with stability when increased load or weight shift is applied, such as in an emergency maneuver situation. When turning corners, RAS prevents the leaf springs from flattening out, thus preventing the van from rolling over.
Independent handling tests on a Ford E-350 15-passenger van were carried out at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio to prove how effective Roadmaster Active Suspension is. Roadmaster reports that the tests showed that installing RAS on the vehicle helped make the van safer and less prone to rollover.
Visit the Active Suspension website to learn more about the advantages of RAS and how it can help improve the safety of 10-, 12- and 15-passanger vans. GuideOne policyholders qualify to order this kit at a discounted price of $375 + $29.99 shipping. To place an order, please contact Roadmaster Active Suspension Head Office Sales, at 1-800-398-5036. Do not forget to mention that you are a GuideOne customer to get the special reduced price.