2 DisclaimerThis training session is intended as safety awareness training only. It is not intended as a certification or licensing on 15-passenger vans.The purposes of this training is to increase the safety of Yukon Wilderness Tourism drivers’ and their passengers through an increased knowledge of best practices and awareness of potential hazards of 15 passenger vans.
3 Credits Texas Tech University Van Safety Training Transport Canada 12 and 15 Passenger Van Fact Sheet TP2436E (2011)Western Silvilcultural Contractors’ Association Transportation Safety (2007)Maine Department of Labour Safety Works - 12 & 15 Passenger Van Defensive Driver TrainingNHTSA Action Plan for 15 Passenger Van Safety (2004)NHTSA 15 Passenger Van Safety Kit (Online)Texas Tech University Van Safety Training
5 What we will cover Van Characteristics Van Inspection Safe Driving SkillsDriving EnvironmentsSpecial ConsiderationsTransporting CargoTransporting PassengersAccidentsOperator Conduct
6 15 passenger van notesUS stats - over 12 years there were approx. 1,500 large passenger van accidents1,111 fatalities657 single vehicle crashes50% roll-overs
7 van notes con’tDriver inexperience with vans and poor loading contributed to loss of controlTransport Canada currently studying 15 van safety, due to high accident rate.90% of fatalities were not belted in
8 why is it so different anyway ??? The 15 Passenger van...why is it so different anyway ???
14 so? what do we look for? Is it legal to be on the road??? See that you have all the correct documents, such as insurance and ownership on board.
15 so? what do we look for? Is it mechanically safe to drive? Observe Van for damage and fluid leaks.Report before proceeding further.
16 Tires, condition, and proper inflation? Fluids, all topped up?Lights and horn?Seat belts all work and enough for all passengers?First Aid kit and fire extinguishersINFLATED spare tire and needed toolsVan is free of clutter and clean...why?
17 is this how the dash should look while driving????
18 Walk Around Time!Develop a consistent “walk around” process that you follow every time.Consider having a checklist.This way you avoid missing important items.
19 Walk Around Time!Different companies may have different rules but vans don’t change.A consistent and logical walk around helps you to focus on the vehicle aspects.Be sure to review any company policy in advance.
20 Driver Pre-Trip checkAre you ready to drive?...are you sure?
21 ...Ahh, the open road, no boss along, yippee!...
22 ...Ahh, the open road, no boss along, yippee!... ...WHICH MEANS YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A SAFE DRIVE!
54 How Many? Only as many as legally allowable. To your licence class To the amount of seats with working seat belts(‘cause we checked them in the pre-trip, right?)
55 Where do they Go? Load passengers from front to back. Heaviest passengers in forward section.Why do we do this?
56 They are Your Responsibility Until You Drop Them Off At the Right Destination! !!
57 Pre-Load Briefing Safety procedures and exits Fire extinguishers and First Aid Kit locationSeat Belt Use policyClimate Controls in backRoute and expected break times
58 You should know of any particular medical issues...why is this important?
59 Head Count!Make sure you have all the passengers on board after a rest break!
60 Accident AvoidanceGood driving habits all the time make the differenceYou can avoid accidents by understanding risk.
61 What makes a good driver better? Practice safe driving techniques all the time.Plan the trip before you go.Be calm and well-rested.Have superior situational awareness.
62 Resources(Transport Canada FAQ)(Western Sivicultural Contractors’ Association Best Practices)(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)best-practices/R20092.pdf (Risk Management Newsletter for BC Universities)