scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Trip planning and 15 passenger vans
Thu Jul 13 2000 - 20:54:43 CDT
William N. Dilla wrote:
"I'd only recommend renting them if you've got people going along with
experience driving them. We occasionally get reminders from the safety
people on campus about how driving a 15 passenger van is different than an 8
or 12 passenger one, along with notices encouraging us to sign up for a
special class if we plan to be using the 15 passenger vans a lot. I've only
driven a 15 passenger van once, from here to Des Moines for a student group
on a windy spring day, and found that those safety people were right.
Driving that thing was not a lot of fun. I'd certainly think twice before
heading on the road in one of these with a bunch of Scouts (or anyone else
for that matter), without taking the safety class and doing some practice
driving to get a better feel for the vehicle."
Experience does make a difference in how one feels about driving those
extended length vans. I drive them daily as a part of my job. The agency I
work for has a fleet of 15 of these vans. I feel safer driving one of them
than in my own car. My boss is a great guy and lets our troop borrow them
on weekends. We have transported our Scouts to many places using them.
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