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Precious Cargo: Avoiding Distracted Driving for School Bus Drivers

Posted by Cameron Sito on Mar 30, 2017 11:58:16 AM

Distracted driving results when a driver shifts their focus away from the safe operation of the school bus. Talking on the phone and eating are common examples of distracted driving, but many other factors can affect a school bus driver’s focus on the road.

There are three types of distracted driving:

  • Visual: The driver’s eyes are off the road
  • Manual: The driver’s hands are not on the steering wheel
  • Mental: The driver’s thoughts are not focused on driving

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Topics: Bus Safety, bus drivers, Training, distracted driving

School Bus Driver Safety Training For Your Drivers

Posted by Cameron Sito on Mar 21, 2017 3:37:33 PM

School bus drivers shoulder a tremendous responsibility. Every day, they must safely transport children to and from school. They must know how to avoid road hazards, and respond effectively when problems occur.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Student Transportation, bus drivers, crossing guards

Wheelchair Transportation Services: Securement Regulations for School Buses

Posted by Cameron Sito on Mar 7, 2017 2:39:39 PM

School buses are among the safest vehicles on the road. With high seat backs and egg-carton seats, buses are designed to keep passengers protected. Where applicable, it is important to ensure your bus fleet includes wheelchair transportation services that meet national securement regulations. If wheelchairs are not properly secured, they can cause harm to the student or even other passengers on board.

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Topics: Bus Safety, bus drivers, wheelchair transportation services

Getting There and Back: Maximizing Bus Route Efficiency and Safety

Posted by Cameron Sito on Feb 23, 2017 12:38:29 PM
Whether you’re a school administrator or transportation director, you should be concerned about your school’s bus routing system. While choosing the right bus route can save your students time and ensure safe transportation, failure to consider better transportation routes can cause delays and may even be dangerous. 
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Topics: School Buses, Safety, Student Transportation, Weather

School Bus Conduct: Gentle Discipline for Better Bus Behavior

Posted by Cameron Sito on Feb 22, 2017 1:49:33 PM

Most school bus rides go smoothly and remain incident-free. But sometimes students need a little gentle discipline to encourage better bus behavior. What can you do to ensure that all students exhibit proper school bus conduct?

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety, Bullying, Student Transportation

Want to Save Money and Keep Kids Safe? Put a GPS Tracking Device on Every School Bus

Posted by Cameron Sito on Feb 9, 2017 9:47:22 AM

Throughout the United States, school districts are onboarding a GPS tracking device on every school bus in an effort to keep students safe and save money.

These days, a global positioning system (GPS) is seamlessly integrated into smartphones. While paper maps are nice, it is easier to check your phone for directions, estimated time of arrival, and traffic slowdowns along the way. School districts are beginning to take advantage of this technology for similar reasons.

At the start of this school year, Rutherford County schools in Tennessee equipped all 250 of their school buses with a GPS tracking device. The growing school district buses over 25,000 students each day, and that number is rapidly increasing.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses, Safety, Bus Tracking App, Schools, GPS, Weather

Winter is Here… Is Your Bus Fleet Ready?

Posted by Cameron Sito on Jan 10, 2017 12:17:31 PM

For kids, winter time means hot chocolate, snowmen and, of course, magical snow days. However, for school administrators, frigid days and inclement weather pose many problems. Whether you are a superintendent, school administrator or transportation director, you need to be prepared for hail and snow. This means making sure parking lots, bus lanes, and walkways are clear and salted.

It also means you need to make sure your bus fleet is ready to handle the next few months of slush and black ice. While school buses are statistically safer than other vehicles on the road, they must be kept in proper working condition and able to overcome anything Mother Nature throws their way.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses, Safety, Weather

How Long is a School Bus? (Infographic)

Posted by Cameron Sito on Oct 6, 2016 10:47:07 AM

Whether you’re a parent concerned about your child’s safety, or a school superintendent looking to cut costs, it is in your best interest to understand what constitutes an appropriate school bus.

While you may know that federal law requires school buses to have certain coloring and markings, you may not realize that school buses can vary in length. Some people believe that larger school buses (regardless of whether they have seat belts) are actually safer in auto accidents than smaller vehicles. The belief is that a larger bus absorbs more force after an impact than a smaller bus.

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Topics: School Buses

Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?

Posted by Cameron Sito on Sep 20, 2016 2:46:00 PM

Today’s cars have seat belts, numerous airbags, rear-view cameras, anti-collision brake systems and shatter-proof glass. Yet many school buses do not have seat belts. As a parent, this may come as surprise to you, and you may worry about your child’s safety. So, why don't school buses have seat belts?

This issue has been carefully considered by transportation and safety experts for many years and the lack of safety harnesses on school buses is intentional. Are the experts correct? 

Let’s examine both sides of this issue.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety

Why Are School Buses Yellow?

Posted by Cameron Sito on Sep 15, 2016 10:35:07 AM

Imagine you’re at the car dealership about to purchase a new car, SUV or minivan. Does color matter? What color would choose and what colors would you avoid? If you are like most people, you will probably avoid loud, ostentatious colors, like say, school bus yellow.

However, school buses are only ever yellow. You never see black, brown, silver or tan school buses because these vehicles carry precious cargo and must be immediately apparent to everyone on the road.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses