When driving a 15-passenger van to your next business conference, sporting event, or family reunion, you want to be sure you and your passengers remain safe while traveling on the road. Any licensed driver can drive a passenger van, but it may require some extra precautions due to its large size and the number of passengers it holds. At Paragon Car & Van Rental, we recommend you follow these safety tips for a happy, and safe, journey.
1. Inspect Tires
Our team conducts thorough maintenance on all of our rentals and double-checks each of them before leaving the lot. To be on the safe side, we recommend that you do the same, especially when it comes to the tires. You don’t want to find yourself on the side of the road with a flat, especially if you’re going to an important family event or business meeting.
2. Require Seat Belts
One of the best ways to keep your group safe is to require all passengers to wear their seat belts. If you have babies or children on board, make sure they are riding in the correct child safety seat for their size and age. Our new or nearly new 15-passenger vans have either lap or shoulder belts for every seat in the vehicle. Wearing seat belts or safety restraints can significantly reduce any injuries in the event you’re in an accident.
3. Slow Down
If you’ve never driven a 15-passenger van before, you need to know these vehicles feel and drive differently than regular sedans, minivans, or SUVs. Because they are wider and longer than most vehicles, they require more space to maneuver. You may need to slow down more than usual when turning corners as well. Also, be extra diligent when driving at night or during bad weather.
4. Choose an Experienced Driver
Because driving a 15-passenger van rental is different from other vehicles, it’s important to have an experienced and safe driver behind the wheel. There’s no special license or certification needed to drive this van, but it can make a huge difference if you have a driver who is familiar with the nuances of driving a 15-passenger van.
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Reserve your 15-passenger van rental today when you call us at (773) 622-7660. We also rent 12-passenger vans, cargo vans, minivans, economy cars, mid-size cars, and SUVs in Chicago and the surrounding areas.
Source: “15-Passenger Van Safety.” Web article. The Hanover Insurance Group. Web. 15 May. 2022.