2010 Safety Tip
Safety for 15 Passenger Van Drivers
15-passenger vans handle differently from other vehicles such as passenger
cars. They do not respond as well to abrupt turns and require additional
REDUCE YOUR CHANCE OF ROLLOVER
Check your vehicle loading
- Heavily loaded 15-passenger vans – those with 10 or more passengers
or with loads placed on the roofs – have an increased chance of
- If possible, have passengers and cargo forward of the rear axle and
avoid placing any loads on the roof.
Check your tires
- Excessively worn or improperly inflated tires can lead to a loss-of-control
situation and a rollover.
- At least once a month, check that the van’s tires are properly
inflated and the tread is
not worn down.
Check your safety belts
- 80% of people killed in rollover crashes in 15-passenger vans were
not wearing their
- Require all occupants to use their safety belts or appropriate child
Check your road conditions
- Most rollovers occur at high speeds as a result of sudden steering
- Use caution on interstates and rural roads to avoid running off the
- If your van’s wheels should drop off the roadway, gradually
slow down and steer back
onto the roadway when it is safe to do so.
Check yourself, the driver
- U.S. DOT recommends 15-passenger vans be driven by trained and experienced
- Ensure you are well rested and alert.
- Maintain a safe speed for weather and road conditions.
For further information go to www.safercar.gov