Make Sure Your Van Drivers are Adequately Trained for the Job

October 8, 2012 at 6:47 am | Posted in commercial driver training courses | Leave a comment
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Van driver training is a very specialized area of training and can prove to be immensely beneficial for your commercial drivers who have to drive cargo and passenger vans on regular basis. There are many aspects to van driver safety training. Often offered as part of a larger Commercial Driver Training program, it can provide extensive training in enabling van drivers to hone their skills, and become more responsible and proactive drivers. Diligent fleet and safety managers make sure the drivers of their commercial cargo or 15-passenger vans are properly trained before they hit the road and recertify them on an annual basis.

All You Should Know about Van Driver Training

Among the many things that a student will typically learn from commercial Van Driver Training courses is an understanding the importance of checking the tire condition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 74% of all 15-passenger vans had over- or under-inflated tires, both of which can cause tire failure or a blowout. Most states in the U.S. have laws that tires are legally worn out when they have 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. If the treads are worn more than this, the driver could be in violation of the law and the company can be exposed to liability if involved in a crash.

Passengers and Center of Gravity

Another important skill drivers will acquire during the training is to understand the importance of the center of gravity of a van that can be significantly influenced by how the cargo is loaded or by how many passengers are in the vehicle and how they are loaded. Adding passengers to the vehicle increases the risk of rollover by about 10% per occupant. The odds of a rollover for a 15-passenger van increases more than four times when fully loaded compared with a driver traveling alone. Overloading or poor passenger distribution from side-to-side can cause the van’s center of gravity to change and make the vehicle less stable.


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