How to Help Your Passengers Stay Safe & Warm on the School Bus this Winter
Safety and comfort are two of the leading considerations schools have when seeking school buses for sale. While the utmost care is taken to ensure that buses are winter ready, keeping passengers safe and warm takes extra effort. Creative Bus Sales has provided some ideas to help keep your passengers warm and safe this winter.
It Starts with the Driver
Even the newest school buses for sale are only as safe as the person behind the wheel. Drivers should pay special attention to the weather and corresponding road conditions, and drive accordingly. Districts that experience harsher winters with snowfall and ice buildup should make sure their drivers have special winter weather driving training.
Driving in the winter is difficult enough without having to worry about poorly maintained buses. Before the temperature drops, make sure to check the following:
- Heating system
- Tire tread and chains if necessary
- Brake systems
If any of these show signs of wear, or are not functioning properly, passengers may be in for an unpleasant and dangerous ride. Problems should be addressed promptly to avoid extended downtime travel delays, and uncomfortable passengers.
Develop Policies to Protect Everyone's Safety
In a day and age where common sense is not as common as we would like, it's important to make sure your drivers and passengers are aware of safe riding practices. These policies should aim to improve safety, both on the bus and at bus stops. Common policies include, but are not limited to:
- Refraining from speaking to the driver while the bus is in motion.
- Maintaining reasonable volume levels on the radio.
- Passengers are to remain seated while the bus is in motion.
- Taking alternative routes to avoid dangerous areas.
- Taking note of emergency weather procedures
Inform Passengers of Their Responsibilities
How passenger's conduct themselves plays a huge role in the overall safety and comfort of everyone involved. Make sure your passengers know their bus-riding? responsibilities, particularly regarding winter weather. Depending on your area, these may include:
- Dressing for the weather
- Planning for potential delays
- Staying visible at the bus stop
- Refraining from rough housing around and climbing snow piles.
- Using care when loading and unloading to prevent slips and falls.
- Knocking snow and ice off shoes before boarding.