Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Warning on Large-Sized Vans

For those of us with super-sized vans (15 passenger), this article is worth a read. It should be noted, however, that the greatest danger is when they are fully loaded with adults and/or when they are driven by people not accustomed to drive them (so the danger usually doesn't apply so completely to regular family use)...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8274-2004Jun1.html

3 comments:

Mary G said...

We have a 15-passenger van, Moby (he's big and white!). We took out the back seat for cargo room and rarely have more than the 7 of us riding in it.

That said, I have a problem with this article as they don't mention the actual break-down of their statistics -- most of these accidents were by inexperienced drivers in the Ford vans. The GMC and Chevy ones have a much longer wheel-base that is also lower to the ground. They don't have as many accidents.

Sorry to be so emphatic -- but Moby is part of the family!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Good points, all (we are the proud owners of a White Ford 15 passenger van). My real point was that there might be some circumstances that owners of these vans might like to be aware of: A. That in circumstances where they are carrying a lot of full-grown passengers (like a teen trip), there might be additional handling issues and B. that inexperienced drivers might be particularly dangerous under these conditions. Probably not a good time to have your teen practice driving. Let me know if you find any other/better stats.

CrazyMamaOfMany said...

There is a high risk of rollover just with a rear tire blowing out. For this reason, and to significantly increase stability, we put dualies on the back. It cost us around $1,800 and it gives us a lot more peace of mind. Accidents happen and the van is very unforgiving. And if it rolls, the likelihood of multiple fatalities are extremely high. With so many children, we want to take as many precautions as we can.