Safety Features on Sprinter Vans
There are many reasons why you might want to purchase one of our sprinter vans: you have a large family, own a business that needs an accommodating vehicle, or own a shuttle business. One thing is certain, however, you will want to be safe while you or one of your employees drives one of these vehicles. Not only are they a big investment, they also carry the most precious cargo of all: human life. Nothing is more important than safety, especially when the road can be such a dangerous place.
Features Available on Sprinter Vans
Luckily for all of us, Mercedes continues to lead the way in terms of safety features. Each year they seem to outdo themselves. The latest models of sprinter vans, the very vans we, at Coachwest, transform into the luxury vehicles, come with the following features:
Standard for almost all vehicles these days, backup cameras are still, perhaps, the most crucial safety feature available. Especially when driving a van with clients or kids or employees moving about in the back, this feature enables you to reverse out of a parking spot with confidence.
Sensors built into sprinter vans will tell you if you are close to hitting objects when parking. This comes in handy with such a large vehicle whose blind spots would be much larger with only classic mirrors.
Blind Spot Assistance
Sprinter vans will visually notify you in your dashboard when a car comes to close. Radar sensors on the outside of your van can detect vehicles around you. This helps you stay safe when switching lanes in heavy traffic or when encountering a car creeping into a blind spot.
A camera mounted to the top of the vehicle detects anytime you might unintentionally drift toward the outskirts of your lane. If you manage to depart the lane in any way, the camera will alert you with both an audible and visible signal.
Mercedes sprinter vans are equipped to detect high-speed crosswinds while you are driving. If you are driving over 50 miles per hour, your van will actually assist you with gentle braking meant to stabilize and course-correct your vehicle.
Similarly to the high-wind safety feature, this activates different braking mechanisms and even slows the engine in order to stabilize the car in the case of slippage of tires on the road. This makes it more difficult to oversteer or understeer your way into an accident.
What Does This All Mean?
These safety features don’t give drivers the leeway of becoming nonchalant and dangerous at the wheel. These features make driving easier, yes, but it is still important to pay attention to the road and to be mindful of drivers around you. These are very large vehicles, weighing much more than your average van, and it is important to follow all rules of the road and to stay attentive at all times. Remember: there is no cargo more precious than those in the back, whether they type away at their laptops for an upcoming meeting or play on Ipads in their carseats.