Course Summary:

Many churches rely on vans and buses to meet the transportation needs for congregants. It is important to be informed about how these larger vehicles pose varying challenges and safety hazards that go beyond those encountered when traveling by car.

Whether purchasing a church vehicle, preparing it for a trip, or making sure drivers are properly screened and licensed, there are many factors churches should take into account to ensure passengers arrive to their destinations safely. This 50-minute course will help your church or organization make wise transportation decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what to watch for when purchasing or leasing a vehicle for church use
  • Ensure that your church vehicle is properly registered
  • Identify what safety equipment you will need for a church vehicle
  • Ensure that your drivers are properly screened and licensed
  • Recognize what safety precautions to take when driving a church vehicle

Key Topics Include:

  • Vehicle Considerations
  • Vans vs. Buses
  • Shopping for a Vehicle
  • Safety Considerations for Used Vehicles
  • Comparing Vans to Buses
  • Specific Dangers of 15-Passenger Vans
  • NHTSA 15-Passenger Van Safety Precautions
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Motor Carrier (MC) Regulations
  • Importance of Recruiting and Screening the Right Drivers
  • Knowing Your Vehicles and Insurance Coverage
  • Safety First – Vehicle Maintenance
  • Tire Replacement
  • Pre-Departure Spot Checks
  • Packing Cargo Effectively
  • Basic Safety Rules
  • Driver and Passenger Rules
  • Passenger Safety Around and Near the Vehicle
  • Maintaining Order on the Vehicle
  • Defensive Driving on the Road
  • Additional Suggestions for Defensive Driving
  • Special Considerations for Driving Buses and Vans
  • Transporting Passengers With Special Needs
  • Pulling a Trailer
  • Braking and Skid Control
  • Driving in Hazardous Conditions: Wind, Fog, Rain
  • Preparing for Cold Weather Situations
  • Driving in Snow and Ice
  • In Case of an Accident

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