DO YOU DRIVE A FULL SIZE, 10+ PASSENGER VAN?

Photo of a large van

DID YOU KNOW.......

Because these vans are substantially longer, taller and wider than a passenger car they:
* Require more space and additional reliance on the side mirrors for changing lanes.
* Do not respond as safely to abrupt steering maneuvers.
* Require additional braking time especially when loaded or travelling at highway speeds.
* Are more affected by crosswinds .

TIPS TO PRACTICE........

Because the posted speed limits are established for the average motorist they may not always be safe for full size vans. So please:
* Reduce your speed below the speed limit posted for all bends and turns and especially when road conditions are poor.
* Keep speeds at or below the speed limit especially when carrying a load.

Other points to consider are:
* Always drive with your headlights on to be seen by other traffic.
* Anticipate the effects of crosswinds created by open fields, overpasses, bridges, large vehicles, buses and be cautious when exiting tunnels or sheltered areas.

TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS.......

Effective January 1, 2007 the State of Maine Board Of Occupational Safety and Health required documented certified training for all public sector employees who operate full-size vans (10 or more occupants including driver.) You can get additional information regarding this valuable training by contacting:

Maine Department of Labor
or by E-mail at:
mdol@maine.gov