Alternative Fuels = Fewer Trips to the Gasoline Station

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Dec 6, 2016 8:43:12 AM

Propane, diesel fuel, and electric — fuel options for school district transportation administration have never been better.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American school buses transport approximately 25 million children more than four billion miles each year. In response to government programs, environmental impacts, costs of operation, and fluctuating gasoline prices, school administrators and transportation officials continue to evaluate alternative bus fuels to eliminate expensive trips to the gas station.

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Topics: School Buses, Student Transportation

How Can School Districts Save Money with GPS Bus Trackers?

Posted by Patrick Gallagher on Nov 22, 2016 3:20:26 PM
 
School districts throughout the United States are using GPS trackers in school bus fleets to keep their students safe and save money for their budgets at the same time.

These days, global positioning system (GPS) technology is seamlessly integrated into smartphones. While paper maps are nice, it’s easier to check your phone for directions, not to mention more perks like viewing your time of arrival and getting notified of traffic delays along your route. Unsurprisingly, school districts are taking advantage of this technology for very similar reasons: convenience and extra benefits.

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Topics: School Buses, Education Technology, Schools, GPS

A Bus Tracker is a Better Solution than a Cell Phone

Posted by Patrick Gallagher on Oct 25, 2016 12:39:01 PM

As a parent, it is important to know your child's whereabouts. In today's society, many moms, dads and other caregivers rely on cell phone technology to track their kids' whereabouts. But have you ever used a school bus tracking app like SafeStop to track your child's school bus? While it is true that you can text, call and even monitor your child's location using a smartphone, this is not the most reliable and efficient method when your child is riding the bus to school.

Some parents view bus tracker apps as redundant — why use an app when you can text or call your child? First, cell phone signals aren't always reliable. Additionally, what if your child forgets their cell phone, has it stolen by a bully or forgets to charge it the night before? And how does texting, calling, or tracking your child’s cell phone prevent you from missing the school bus in the morning?

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Topics: SafeStop Insider, School Buses, Bus Tracking App

Why Do School Buses Have Security Cameras?

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Oct 11, 2016 11:01:49 AM

Not long ago, the idea of cameras in public places, cars and school buses seemed like science fiction. However, in today’s world, surveillance cameras provide a much-needed service to society. In many cases, the presence of a surveillance camera is enough to deter unruly behavior and prevent bullying or harassment on school buses.

Imagine you have a choice to send your child to school on Bus A or Bus B. Bus A has a surveillance camera that is set to record every morning and afternoon while Bus B has no camera. Which would you choose? Given the fact that 1 out of 4 students is bullied, you would be right to send your son or daughter to school on Bus A.

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Topics: School Buses, Safety

How Long is a School Bus? (Infographic)

Posted by Lloyd Forbes 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 Are School Buses Yellow?

Posted by Lloyd Forbes 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

Fun School Bus Games to Teach Your Kids

Posted by Patricia M on Aug 30, 2016 12:30:00 PM

When you ride in a motor vehicle, minutes feel like, well, minutes. However, when kids, especially young children, ride in a car or bus, a short period of time can feel like forever. And a bored child can quickly turn into a rowdy and disruptive child.

In addition to saving the bus driver from daily headaches, school bus games provide entertainment and safety for all passengers on board. Games designed for school buses keep children in their seats and happily distracted for the duration of their journey to and from school.

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Topics: School Buses

11 Places To Buy Wholesale School Bus Parts Online

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Aug 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Did you know that your school bus fleet can last for 10-15 years with proper maintenance? Given the numerous costs and limited funding faced by many school districts, it is imperative that you do not overpay for school bus parts. Buying quality hardware from the right vendors can save you time and money — and ensure your students are well protected.


However, if you’ve taken the time to do a quick Google search, you may have noticed there is no short supply of companies selling wholesale equipment and parts. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of 11 reputable places to buy wholesale school bus parts online across the country:

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Topics: School Buses