Volunteers who drive a normal car most of the time and a van some of the time should be aware of a few key differences. Each vehicle has its purposes. Before you institute volunteer van driving safety tips, they need to know what to look out for.
As seen on visvolunteers.com, volunteers should be aware of the braking patterns in a van versus a normal car. Stopping in a van requires the driver to calculate the stopping distance based on the length and size of the van along with the weight. An empty van may be faster to stop than one loaded down with cargo.
Because of their height, vans may tip over if the turn is taken too quickly. Unlike a car, vans require a wider right turn. Allow more time to turn and double-check that nothing is in the way of the wider mirrors.
Every vehicle has blind spots. However, due to their height and length, vans may have larger blind spots than a volunteer may be used to. Reversing can be particularly dangerous due to large rear blind spots. Have the volunteer check the back of the van prior to backing up.
Keep these volunteer van driving safety tips available for all new drivers. Make sure that drivers brush up on their understanding periodically.