Pre-trip must be done each morning before the driver takes control of the bus.
Under the hood items must be checked at least once in a 24-hour period when a bus is being operated to transport students.
A fire extinguisher is not required to be on a school bus.
When making a right-handed turn you will never go into another lane.
Never use your mirrors to check your 8-way lights.
To check the parking brake, apply light pressure to the accelerator, the bus should not move forward.
The IL state curriculum says that a 20-inch steering wheel should not move more than 25 degrees.
In post trip inspection you should; check for any sleeping children, items left on the bus, sweep the bus if necessary, and record any problems.
On your way to the back of the bus, pull on all the seats to check for security.
All roof hatches do not need warning buzzers.
Look under the bus for leaks and anything broken, bent, or hanging down.
Tread depth should be at least 8/32 to be safe.
Check to make sure that the exhaust is not protruding more than 6 inches.
The four way flashers must be turned on within 200 feet of railroad tracks in rural areas.
As a driver, you should always be searching for distracted drivers and pedestrians.
It is acceptable to use your cell phone for personal use while driving a school bus.
When following another vehicle, you should always follow the 2 second rule.
The best practice while driving in inclement weather is to reduce speed.
When stopping at railroad crossings, you should stop no closer than 3 feet and no farther than 100 feet.
When stopped at a railroad crossing you should open service door, open driver window, and eliminate all interior noise.
Daily maintenance checks include: oil, power steering, brake fluid, and coolant.
It is important for a bus driver to get a full nights sleep and be mentally and physically prepared for the day.
Driver must be drug tested after an accident if: someone is injured and must be transported by ambulance, one or more vehicles towed, or a citation is issued.
A bus driver cannot question the safety practices of an employer without incurring the risk of losing a job or being subject to reprisals simply for stating a safety concern.
You must have a blood alcohol under .025 to .001 in order to operate a school bus.
You should always evacuate all students after a bus crash occurs.
A bus driver should train students at least once a year in evacuation procedures.
Never use your crossover mirrors for viewing traffic.
Students can remain on the bus while fueling.
It is permissible to block the rear exit with sports equipment.
Students are permitted to proceed to the front of the bus while the bus is slowing down.
Busses should stop at all state and federal weigh stations.
Driver is authorized to assign seats.
Yelling at students is an acceptable student management technique.
Mirrors should be adjusted anytime a new driver takes control of the bus.
The most dangerous time for a student is during the loading and unloading procedures.
A driver should visually inspect: stop arms, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, passenger seats, first aid kits, interior lights, and temperature controls.
Pre-trip and post-trip inspections must be in writing and turned in to the office for filing.
It is permissible for the driver to change the route without consulting the transportation director.
A driver is not required to report suspicious activity on his or her route.