Everything You Need To Know About Driving A Minibus

By: Richard Penn

Minibuses have become the go-to vehicle for running a wide range of social events and even for team building exercise trips and a number of educational trips. And face it, everyone has been inside a minibus at least once. They are convenient for carrying large groups and eliminate the hassle of using multiple cars to go to one destination. They are very comfortable and easy to move around with.

However, driving a minibus is not as easy as you may be thinking. Unlike a car, you have to be wary of the actual size of a minibus. It has different steering, braking handling and cornering attributes that you may not be fully familiar with. That being said, do you really know what it takes to drive a minibus and what must one do to actually be able to drive one?

Have A Valid Driving License

If you have a full car driving license you can drive a minibus. It is that simple. By checking the back of your license you can confirm if you are eligible to drive a minibus as standard. This entitlement to drive a minibus remains valid for as long as your license is not expired.

However, if the minibus is not yours and you are a volunteer minibus driver, you are permitted to drive the minibus as long as you meet these conditions; that you are twenty-one years and above, but under seventy years old. That if you are seventy year old you have renewed your license and have passed the PCV medical test where you will undergo a physical examination to check your vitals, sight and hearing. That you have had your full car driving license for the past two years. That you did not receive any payment for driving the minibus. You must ascertain that the minibus is not being used for commercial purposes or for hire or reward. That you are not intending to tow a trailer with the minibus and that the weight of the minibus does not exceed five tones.  If you’re an HGV driver, you will need to carry out a CPC test to be able to drive professionally.

Plan Your Routes

If you are driving a minibus to a far destination it is wise that you plan ahead the roads you will use in order to calculate the distance that you will be driving. Many accidents have occurred form tired drivers on the road and it will help you to know how long the journey is and where you can stop to get some rest or switch drivers. Also, you can plan for places where you can get refreshments and food or where you can make an overnight stop. Remember you should not drive if you are tired or sleepy or overworked. If you plan your route you can check for any weather conditions that may affect your travels and reroute if necessary.

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