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How to Become An Effective School Bus Driver

Updated on December 30, 2014

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In order to obtain a school bus job, an individual must know how to operate a bus in rain, sleet or snow. A school bus driver's responsibility is to transport students safely to and from school. Although the qualifications necessary to become an effective school bus driver may differ from company to company,the most common prerequisites for the occupation a basically the same.

You must be:

  • At least 23 years of age

  • Pass a background check

  • Pass a physical and drug test

  • Excellent communication, both orally and written

Applying

Individuals interested in driving a school bus should check out several school bus companies prior to the start of the school season. Some companies advertise two or three months before school starts. Many offer large bonuses to first time drivers. You must decide which company is right for you. Reasons to reject a company may be based on whether or not you are offered part-time or full-time work. The hourly pay($13.00 to $16.00 hours), the number of routes required or geography traveled may play a part in your decision.

Training

Training involves learning the dynamics of school bus driving. Beginning drivers do a lot of practice turning and route training. Beginning school bus drivers must learn many things, such as how to maneuver the bus around sharp curves and up and down hills. He must learn all the rules, policies and laws for driving a school bus. And she must learn to drive in light as well as heavy traffic. The significance of knowing how to effectively operate a school bus, to start ad stop a bus doing pick-ups and drop-offs is crucial. The children safety must take priority over everything else.

License

Driving a school bus requires a state license as well as a ACDL license endorsed by the school board. Usually qualified individuals can be tested and receive their Class B license on the premise of the bus company on which they are training. Becoming an effective bus driver doesn't take long if you have already been driving for some time. Obtaining a CDL license can usually take six to eight weeks.

Tips

Master the art of school bus driving as much as possible. Study your bus driving Manuel as well the strategies and tips of the best school bus drivers in your company. Ask questions whenever you are in doubt of something. Becoming a more effective driver can open up doors can get you more hours, better routes and good promotions. Being an effective school bus driver is one of the most honorable thing you can do for the children of the nation.

Warning

Before taking a job driving a school bus, make sure this is what you want to do. Parents are trusting you with the lives of their children. This must be your most important consideration. You must seek to avoid careless mistakes as if your life depended upon it. In a sense, it is. Before parents can feel comfortable with you as a bus driver, their children must be safely picked up and dropped off on time. Although delays might occur because of route obstructions, these must be recorded and reported right away so that parent can be contacted.

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    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Our kids loved their lady school bus driver. She was good to them and it made all the difference. She drove on icy awful roads for years and never had an accident. Interesting hub. Voted up.