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22Apr2015

5 Ways to Hire the Right School Bus Driver for Your School

 

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security”- Jodi Rell

Don’t think twice when you have the best! Yes, that’s right. School bus safety is something that has proved its worth. According to statistics, automobile death rate is eight times higher compared to school bus.

School bus is the right choice for school transportation. The security offered by school bus cannot be provided by any other means of transportation. Numerous factors contribute to the security of school buses. It is designed to reduce any possible accidents and its outcomes.

GPS tracking system never fails to track the school bus, RFID tags helps to locate the students and driver ensures better drive. The importance of school bus driver is crucial as far as the safety of the school bus is concerned.

The minimum job eligibility of a school bus driver is:

  1. 21 years or older
  2. The driving record should be safe
  3. School bus driver should possess a valid driving licence

Role of the driver

Operating a vehicle the size of the school bus is a difficult task which must involve the knowledge about laws, regulations and mechanical skills. Driver should also possess positive attitude towards work. Transportation of students to and from school is not that easy.

What the driver does for the school and the students should be respected. They are the prominent reasons why your children reach the school safe.  School bus safety depends on them.

Qualities you should prefer in a school bus driver:

There are some exceptional qualities that you must prefer for the school bus driver rather than just the eligibility criteria.

  1. The attitude is important

Positive attitude is really important in any job but more important in driving jobs. There might be days with bad moods and personal problems for a driver but you cannot let that reflect in your job.

A good driver is always prepared for the poor driving skill and aggressiveness of other drivers. School bus drivers must be mentally alert through out their shift.

Positive attitude leads to positive outcomes

  1. Make sure that the driver has got responsibility

The responsibility of a school bus driver is to transport students safely.  Ensure that the school bus driver does the job not for the sake of money. The driver should maintain interest towards his job.

The timing of the school bus is pre-fixed. Any negligence towards the job can affect the entire schedule. Over speed can also create problems.

You are responsible for your actions

  1. Ensure the documents

Before appointing a school bus driver, the documents he holds must be accurately checked. No compromise must be done while verifying the past records of the driver. The driver should possess a clean past driving record.

The person must be devoid of any criminal cases.  Double check the documents presented. Ensure that the best school bus driver is appointed for the post.  137 fresh cases filed in fake driving licence racket in Delhi alone.

Ensuring quality for our children is one of the most important things we can do to them

  1. No room for distractions

At no point should the bus driver loose his concentration during work. No matter what the personal problem is, a driver must never reflect them on his job.

Make sure that the driver you hire is serious about the job. Driving requires full attention at all times without fail.80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver distraction as contributing factors.

Distracted driving is not less than aggressive driving

  1. They are important and special

Drivers play an important role in the society. Ensuring the safety of the children is not a simple task. The influence that a school bus driver exerts on the children is not small.

Children start their day at school with the school bus. Appreciate the school bus driver for the efforts from his part. The job is more a social service. Treat drivers with importance.

Give respect and earn more

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