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Roll Over Accidents are Common in 15 Passenger VansDespite the fact that 15-passenger vans are increasingly popular with commuters, they are not always safe in the hands of an inexperienced driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that the risk of rollover when the van is overloaded is high, and having a rollover crash with a 15-passenger van might be fatal.

A popular method of getting around – with a catch

Church groups, colleges, youth sports teams, more and more people love to use 15-passenger vans to get around. However, crash data from 2003 to 2007 suggests that the more people are riding along in the van, the greater the risk of a rollover is going to be – even if the vehicle is involved in a single-vehicle accident. Despite the fact that these are heavily advertised as being able to carry 15 passengers, the rollover rate was nearly three times as high with only 10 or more occupants when compared to the van carrying fewer than five people.

Replacing Car Seats is Essential After an AccidentIf we are involved in a car accident, it is only normal to be ‘shaken up’. The last thing that most parents are going to worry about is replacing their child’s car seat. Most parents are probably just thankful that nothing serious happened and are busy dealing with insurance. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that we SHOULD be more concerned about replacing these car seat.

The position of the NHTSA On Child Safety Seats

The NHTSA recommends that parents replace their child safety seats after being involved in a moderate to severe crash. This is the best and only way to ensure a high level of crash protection for children on board. The only time that the NHTSA suggests a car seat should not automatically be replaced is after a minor crash, but they do recommend that parents inspect the car seat to determine for themselves whether these car seats may need replacing.

cars that rate high in crash safetyDespite the fact that smaller, compact cars are becoming increasingly popular with customers across the United States, that does not mean that they are always the best choice when it comes to vehicle safety. In fact, two new Kia releases and the Nissan Sentra fared poorly in the comprehensive safety test.

Testing for safety features in small cars

The U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) tests car safety based on measurements in a number of categories, these include rollover crashes, rear-impact, side-impact, and front-impact crashes. To make it to the top of the list as far as vehicle safety is concerned, the vehicle must score a ‘good’ in all four categories.

Slower Speeds Help With BreakingIt sounds so straightforward – when you are driving at a faster speed, you have significantly less time to identify possible hazards and react to your surroundings. You also know that it is going to take you far longer to bring a vehicle to a complete stop when traveling at higher speeds, and it makes sense that if you are involved in an accident – the likelihood of the injuries being more severe at higher speeds increase as well. Yet when it comes to driving, most people still go over the speed limit.

Facts and statistics about speed in auto accidents

The faster a driver is going, the more it is going to increase the braking and thinking distance. Someone traveling at a higher speed is going to cover more ground than someone who is going at a lower speed when it comes to noticing a potential hazard and reacting accordingly. The calculator (which you can try here) gives you a realistic notion of how much higher speeds affect longer thinking distances.