Nobody wants to be involved in a traffic accident, especially when you could
be transporting up to 16 other people in a minibus.
This article identifies three ways of minimising the chance of an accident
and therefore saving you money on your minibus insurance by reducing the need
for making claims.
1. Be aware of other road users.
This may seem obvious but surprisingly this advice is often overlooked. Many
road users are not as responsible as we would like them to be. For instance some
drivers still feel the need to use their mobile telephone even though it is now
against the law. If you are following a driver using a mobile phone give them
extra space as there is a higher risk their actions may cause an accident.
If a motorist is driving to close to the back of your minibus don't react
aggressively to their poor judgement. It is easy to get wound up by tailgating
but if you can take a deep breath, stay calm and let the vehicle pass, your
chances of being involved in an accident are greatly reduced.
2. Driver Training
The Community Transport Association (CTA) is the lead UK body for voluntary
and community transport. They oversee two minibus driver training schemes, MiDAS
and CommunityDriver, which are recognised by the majority of insurance
MiDAS (Minibus Driver Training Scheme) covers all areas of driving a minibus
safely. It is suitable for an individual or for companies that operate a fleet
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maxidas ds808. The test helps to increase a driver's confidence and
passenger safety is improved.
The CommunityDriver scheme helps a minibus driver obtain a D1 licence. This
is now required for all driving licences issued after 1st January 1997. To
obtain a D1 licence a driver must pass a theory test, a hazard perception test
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Maxisys MS908CV. The CommunityDriver scheme provides all that is needed to
obtain the licence, including locally based trainers and learning materials.
Tests are arranged at convenient locations for the driver.
Driver training will greatly reduce the risk of an accident. And evidence of
such training may result in a discount on your minibus insurance.
3. Passenger Awareness
Transporting passengers is the main reason for driving a minibus. But in many
instances their behaviour can be the cause of an accident.
Don't start chatting with any of the passengers. If a passenger comes up to
the front of the minibus and tries to engage you in conversation, remind him or
her that there is a safety issue.
Try to keep all passengers in their seats at all times. If passengers are
moving about, or if there are more at one side of the vehicle than at the other,
it can cause instability.
Ask passengers to fasten their seat belts. It is now law for seat belts to be
used at all times by the driver and passengers. Children below 135cm in height
need to wear a child restraint in addition to a seat belt.
If your minibus is fitted with a microphone do not use it while the vehicle
is moving, unless in an emergency. It may seem perfectly normal to point out
places of interest to your passengers but it will be a distraction that could
cause an accident.
And don't allow passengers to drink alcohol on a minibus. Alcohol is actually
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If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident then the best
advice is to stay calm. Losing your temper, however angry you may feel, will not
help an already difficult situation. By taking a controlled approach to the
situation you will help ensure your passengers' safety. And be sure to collect
as much information at the scene as possible. It may help resolve any legal or
minibus insurance issues that may follow.The Minibus Club is a specialist
minibus insurance provider and has offered UK minibus insurance quotes since