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

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

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

SafeStop Identifies Four Trends at the Midway Point of 2016-2017 School Year

Posted by Patrick Gallagher on Jan 31, 2017 2:59:46 PM

School Bus Tracking App Launching Robust Analytics Platform That Identifies Savings Opportunities for Schools

Charleston, SC (January 31, 2017) – SafeStop, the industry’s leading school bus tracking app, enjoyed a strong start to the 2016-2017 school year with its geographic expansion, increased subscriber rates, and added features. The number of customers using the service has more than doubled year over year since inception. And as growth continues, the company has used its SafeStop Analytics platform to identify four major trends since the school year commenced.

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Topics: SafeStop Insider, Bus Safety, Press Releases

Picture This! How Educational Infographics Help Teachers and Students

Posted by Prisha H on Jan 24, 2017 10:50:58 AM

A quality infographic is worth a thousand words. Put simply, an infographic is a graphic that lays out information in a visually accessible format. Infographics are a great tool for teachers, school administrators, and transportation directors to quickly learn or teach others about safety tips, teaching methods, and new classroom technology.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety, Schools, 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

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