Safe driving.
Sprinter Travel

Safe driving.

The majority of accidents start long before the actual collision, for example, with poor visibility or an unanticipated hazard. The Sprinter Travel is equipped with many safety features which help you to master critical driving situations. That is why it rightfully ranks as one of the safest minibuses in its class. 

The more the driver can concentrate on the traffic situation, the greater the safety in the bus. The ergonomic driver’s area is similar to one in a passenger car and very clearly arranged All controls are easily accessible. The generously dimensioned exterior mirrors with integrated wide-angle mirror afford the driver an excellent view all around the vehicle. The special bi-xenon headlamps include an integrated cornering light function and active curve illumination for better illumination of the road. The Sprinter Travel can also be equipped with the optional Parking Assist.

Modern assistance systems** raise the level of safety.
A range of modern assistance systems helps to prevent accidents: Crosswind Assist, the proximity warning function, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist, as well as Lane Keeping Assist. These assistance systems are available for Mercedes-Benz minibuses (depending on model, perm. GVW and configuration) and further raise their already exemplary and unrivalled safety levels.

The bi-xenon headlamps incorporate a cornering light function and active curve illumination. Up to 70 km/h, this light automatically comes on in tight bends to enlarge the section of the bend that’s illuminated. This provides significantly improved safety during the night when turning at poorly lit junctions or negotiating narrow bends. In this way, bi-xenon headlamps help to boost driving safety and relieve the strain on the driver.

 

 

ADAPTIVE ESP® makes it easier to deal with critical driving situations. Targeted management of the brakes and engine enables ADAPTIVE ESP® to increase the vehicle's handling stability, in particular when cornering at speed or taking abrupt evasive action. Within the bounds of the laws of physics, this prevents the vehicle from skidding, toppling over or the back end sliding out, and allows the driver to keep the Sprinter on course more easily. ADAPTIVE ESP® is a load-linked system that takes the current load into account when calculating the electronic control processes.

After the brake pedal is released, AAS start-off assist maintains the applied brake pressure for approx. 2 seconds on uphill slopes of approx. 4% or steeper, thus preventing the vehicle from rolling back for a brief period and making uphill starts easier. Start-off assist is not activated for downhill starts or if the handbrake is applied.

 

How ABS works: there are sensors fitted on all four wheels which detect the rotational speed of each wheel and pass this information on to a central control unit. If the critical point of blocking the wheels is reached, the wheel is stopped at precisely that threshold by pressure variation. The brake pressure can be increased and decreased numerous times in the space of a second.

When braking, all the forces acting on the wheels and the rolling behaviour are continually monitored. The braking forces acting on the wheels are distributed in such a way that no wheel can lock, and the steerability of the vehicle is preserved as far as possible.

In December 1970, Mercedes-Benz presented the world's first electronically controlled ABS – a revolution in driving and road safety. Using targeted electronic brake actuation the system prevents continuous blocking of the wheels. The risk of losing steering stability is minimised and, in the case of a full application of the brakes, the vehicle can be steered in the desired direction. ABS technology forms the basis for further developed electronic safety systems such as the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) or the Brake Assist system (BAS).

Even the best safety concept is only as good as it works in practice. Regular maintenance is the basis for this. That is why the OMNIplus service programme offers top service for your bus and optional individual service contracts as well.

In order to be as safe as possible on the road, not only the vehicle's safety equipment but also the driver's capabilities are paramount. The OMNIplus safety training courses focus on recognising one's own limits and getting to know vehicle behaviour in limit situations in real life.

* Optional equipment
** Some of the assistance systems are available as optional equipment.