Entering its third year on the market, SafeStop is enjoying a strong start to the 2017-2018 school year with an improved focus on its analytics platform and an abundance of new customers across the country.
As the summer comes to a close and the kids head back to school, we are excited to reveal what SafeStop has been focusing on over the summer break. The SafeStop team has been hard at work on the development of these three functions that aim to improve your app experience.
School bus route optimization is the process of generating a set of school bus routes that efficiently transports students to and from their schools safely and on time. Why is optimizing your school bus routes important? It drastically cuts costs, raises the level of efficiency, and addresses issues that school transportation officials face each year.
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.
Topics: Bus Safety
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.
Topics: City Driving
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.
Topics: Child Safety
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.
Topics: Student Transportation
When our customers ask us, “What is the best part of working at SafeStop?” The answer is of course, our people! Every month we spotlight one of our awesome employees. This employee spotlight will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at SafeStop, and fun facts about what makes them great!
This April, we're featuring Keshia Colleton, Customer Support Coordinator and Data Analyst.
What is your role with the team?
Customer Support Coordinator/Data Analyst
What is your personal motto?
"Those things which come easy, have no worth to an individual. But those things which take sacrifice, determination and thought are treasures that benefit more than just the individual."