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Transportation Safety: How to Improve School Bus Safety

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on May 25, 2017 1:21:10 PM


School buses carry precious cargo. So when it comes to school bus safety, drivers should receive extensive training about arrival and departure procedures, emergency protocols, and the importance of pre-trip inspection checklists.

School bus safety starts before your engine does

When most people hear the phrase school bus safety, they think about things like seat belts and defensive driving. However, when it comes to your buses, safety starts before your yellow-and-black fleet leaves the lot.

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Topics: Bus Safety

City Driving: Challenges and Tips for School Bus Drivers

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on May 9, 2017 11:03:39 AM

Driving in an urban environment can be challenging for any commuter. The regular frustrations of city driving heavy traffic, unpredictable pedestrians, and congested roadways, to name a few are significantly more problematic for school bus drivers.

Considering that a school bus can measure up to 45 feet long, it’s easy to understand why routes in urban environments can be tough for drivers. School bus scheduling and routing in cities can also present particular challenges, since buses must compete with dense urban traffic, emergency vehicles, and pedestrians. The good news: managing the challenges of city driving is easily done with sufficient training custom-tailored to your area.

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Topics: City Driving

Child Safety Restraint Systems (CSRS) on School Buses: The Facts

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Apr 13, 2017 1:38:54 PM

Here's some trivia for you – did you know (as of 2017), only six states require seat belts on school buses? This may seem unsafe, but let's look at the facts. According to the American School Bus Council, children are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus, instead of traveling by car.

However, many organizations endorse the use of seat belts in buses, including The National Safety Council and The American Academy of Pediatrics. Although the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) agrees that school buses are safe, they also believe that three-point restraint systems can make school buses even safer.

Child safety restraint systems are national mandates on buses when the bus weighs less than 10,000 pounds. These buses require a shoulder/lap belt. However, such buses comprise only about 20% of the nation's school bus fleet. The large school buses should have a Child Safety Restraint System (CSRS) if the state or district requires them – but it's not federally mandated.

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Topics: Child Safety

Defensive Driving for School Bus Drivers

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Apr 11, 2017 9:37:49 AM

Defensive driving techniques are required training for school bus drivers. These techniques are designed to save lives, time, and money for bus fleets. As a transportation director or school administrator, it is your job to ensure your drivers are always ready for what lies ahead. Drivers must know how to identify, avoid, and respond to hazards, all while their school bus is in operation.

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Topics: Student Transportation

Crossing Guard Safety for Bus Drivers

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Mar 23, 2017 10:35:21 AM

Crossing guards are a vital part of your child’s commute

It’s easy to take crossing guards for granted, and sometimes we forget how important their job is.

With their fluorescent reflective vests and stop signs, crossing guards are instrumental in helping children get to and from school safely. If you are interested in hiring a crossing guard for an area near your school, contact your local police department or school board.

Schools, law enforcement, government planning departments, and community members may implement a crossing guard program as a group or separately.

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Topics: Safety, Schools, students, crossing guards

Benefits of Having Smart Boards in the Classroom

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Mar 16, 2017 1:09:09 PM


Smartphones, smart cars, smart refrigerators – much of our technology is smart, and getting smarter all the time. Even our classrooms are using smart technology. One of the most innovative ideas to come to the classroom is the Smart Board, an interactive whiteboard that can do everything your computer does. Simply connect your PC to an overhead digital projector and a giant touch screen computer, or Smart Board, is literally at your fingertips.

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Topics: Education Technology, Schools, Teachers

Your School’s Bus Fleet: What’s Next for Student Transportation Technology?

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Mar 14, 2017 2:55:19 PM

Technology-wise, how does your school stack up? Are you using paper and pencils, or Android tablets and digital textbooks? Do students have access to remote learning? Does your school’s bus fleet have WiFi so students and teachers can access the Internet while on the move?

Not too long ago (think early 2000's) a computer lab was the pinnacle of technology for any school. But today, technology has spread outside the lab and into the classroom. Many of your students spend each morning and afternoon on the school bus, so shouldn’t your school bus fleet get with the times? 

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Topics: Bus Tracking App, GPS, Student Transportation

Maintaining Your School Bus Shocks

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Jan 17, 2017 11:36:19 AM

Preparing your school bus fleet for the winter months can save you time by preventing malfunctions and money in potential repairs. One key area of focus that is sometimes overlooked is maintaining and replacing shock absorbers. Failure to inspect and repair damaged or malfunctioning shocks can lead to more than just an uncomfortable ride — it can cause unsafe driving conditions.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses, Safety, Student Transportation, Weather

Are You Interested in School Bus Drivers Education Online?

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Dec 29, 2016 11:43:22 AM

Have you thought about working as a school bus driver? With convenient training options that include drivers education online, becoming a school bus operator could be the right part-time job for you.

Finding flexible, satisfying employment is often hard to do. If your personality is a good fit for a school bus driver — there may be a big yellow school bus in your future.

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Topics: School Buses

Understanding School Bus Scheduling

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Dec 20, 2016 9:43:31 AM

School bus scheduling and routing are important transportation features for districts and parents. Fortunately, SafeStop is more than just a bus tracking app. In addition to giving you real-time bus scheduling information, we deliver a bird’s-eye view of the route your child is taking to and from school. Plus – we work with school districts to create efficient and safe bus routing.

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Topics: School Buses, Bus Tracking App