Driving Your School Bus Safely
When you drive a school bus, you have to deal with conditions on the road as well as passenger distractions inside the vehicle. Take care of yourself and your passengers by practicing the following basic tips for bus drivers of all kinds.
Do Not Lose Your Cool
Distractions inside the bus are no reason to drive precariously. If you have to address a passenger issue, pull over. Otherwise, you put everyone’s safety at risk.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Inspect your vehicle before each trip. The most important thing is to check your brakes—learn how to do this and how to identify safety defects.
Know Your No-Zone
Obviously, your blind spots are larger than those on regular-sized vehicles. However, other drivers may be unaware of this, so be attentive in constantly checking for smaller vehicles in your no-zone.
Be Careful in Work Zones
Where there is construction, there are extremely narrow lanes. Take your time going through these work zones—stay alert and stay focused. Statistics show that an average of 14 deaths happen every year because of school bus collisions.
Take Advantage of Your Height
Your vehicle’s height will help you anticipate braking situations; however, also be aware that it causes low visibility of people—especially small children—directly beneath you. Be especially cautious of your height if you drive a school bus.
Back up Carefully
Only run your vehicle in reverse if it is absolutely necessary. Take all steps to ensure safety of those around you, including moving slowly and activating warning flashers