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How 'Safety Blitzes' Help Test Bus Operators for Compliance

Think of a safety blitz as seeking confirmation that bus operators are in compliance, or non-compliant, with your standard operating procedures during an...

How to know when your driver trainees are ready to roll

There should come a time during each new student’s training bus instruction, when instructor-led skill development turns to student demonstration and “Show...

Keeping your drivers on the bus from ‘hire to retire’

All too often what was taught during the initial training period can get diluted by what other operators may be saying or doing. Well-meaning veterans sometimes...

Training bus documentation...Focus on the facts

Going hand in hand with a standardized curriculum should be a standardized way of documenting student performance. When putting pen to paper, be sure an...

Driver training: Avoid confusion between basic skills and route instruction

The "Training Bus Instructor" (TBI) spends hours diligently working with a new hire candidate to provide basic skills training. Through this process, the...

Operator training: Mastering right turns

Among the most difficult tasks for a new student bus operator to perform on the training bus is a “right turn into a bus stop.” On a scale of one to five, with...

Bus simulation, ensuring its proper place in a training curriculum

This topic builds on conversations I had with a variety of training professionals throughout 2013, so I hope this information helps those who were interested to...

'Rock & Roll' for bus operators

Transit has its own version of Rock & Roll. I once read someone’s comment that, in the case of a bus operator, ‘Rocking & Rolling’ in the seat should not occur...

Are ‘Automatics’ a part of your bus operator training program?

Curb jumping. Heavy braking. Excessive speed. Dangerous action. These words are sometimes utilized and documented by training bus instructors when evaluating a...

Finalizing bus stop placement

In my last blog we discussed bus stop placement pros and cons. Last week I received an email regarding mid-block bus stops and how to make these stops as safe...

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