Dodge B200 Van Safety Tips
The Dodge B-Series vans are full-sized vans produced by the Dodge division of Chrysler Corporation. Originally, they were named as B100 (Dodge Sportsman, B200 (Dodge Tradesman) and B300 (Dodge Van). The B200 Dodge Tradesman Van named was changed to Ram Wagon. Dodge became a hit until they stopped producing vans in 2003 because of the expense of meeting future safety standards and slow sales. If you happen to own one of these Dodge vans, below are basic safety tips for your Dodge B200 Van.
- Maintain proper following distance.
It is important to keep a certain distance when driving your Dodge B200 Van to prevent hitting another vehicle. Vans usually have longer stopping distance because of their weight. Avoid tailgating another vehicle; and if someone is tailgating you, carefully transfer to another lane and let the tailgating vehicle pass. It is recommended to follow at least the "three-second-rule" during day time with good weather and low traffic volume. You must double it to six seconds during the night time especially when the weather and traffic conditions are not so ideal. Triple it at least to nine seconds when the traffic and weather conditions are very bad.
Distribute the weight of your load evenly to increase stability and prevent handling problems of your Dodge B200 Van. Overloading your van will cause problems on your tires and make the cords in the sidewalls to break. Once you overload your van, your tread edges might produce excessive heat and possibly separate from the tire. You will have a hard time handling your van for emergency manoeuvring if you overload it. Overloading will also damage the spring and shock absorber.
- Be always ready by having these emergency must-haves.
You will never know when an emergency will arrive, so you have to be prepared always. Make sure to have a spare wheel, wheel brace, jack, jumper cables, foam tire sealant, tire gauge, fire extinguisher, three, reflective warning triangles, water, flashlight, and a charged cell phone. It's better to be prepared than sorry.
Pay extra attention to your mirrors. Vans usually have more blind spots than normal vehicle due to their structure. Properly set up your mirror before driving instead of adjusting them while driving. Blind spots are the area that you cannot see ahead or when you are checking your mirrors. Your blind spots differ from other vehicles depending on their shapes and sizes, so you have to consider making additional checks before doing any actions on the road.
Speed limits have an important role to play in road safety. To avoid rush that will cause you to maximize your speed, you should better leave early. Limiting your speed will also save gas. And also, one of the most important reasons why you should not to exceed from the speed limit provided is to save lives. Keep in mind that when you double your speed, you will also double the risk of having an accident. And the crash and aftermath is twice more severe. Do not rush. Just enjoy your ride.