Winter Weather: School Bus Safety Tips

Winter weather is here, and extra caution on the roads is a must. All drivers, including school bus drivers and parents, should take necessary steps to ensure the safety of students, passengers, and precious cargo. The potential hazards of winter weather, such as reduced visibility and slippery road conditions, make it crucial to be prepared and vigilant while traveling.

To help ensure safe winter travel, we have put together a list of important tips that drivers and parents should follow. These tips include conducting extra checks on vehicles, dressing appropriately for the weather, and using real-time mobile apps for updates on bus location and arrival time. By taking these precautions, winter travels can be less stressful and much safer. So, let's get started on making this winter season a safer one on the roads.

Tips for School Bus Drivers:

  1. Arrive at the bus depot early to avoid rushing and ensure a timely departure to the first stop.
  2. Perform a thorough pre-trip inspection of the bus before heading out. Make sure to check that the heating system is functioning to keep students warm.
  3. Keep a safe following distance from other vehicles to allow for better braking and reaction time on slippery roads.
  4. Use extra caution when approaching bus stops and intersections to prevent slipping and sliding.
  5. Ensure students are crossing the street safely by supervising them and using warning lights and signs if necessary.

Safety Tips for Community Drivers:

  1. Dress students warmly and appropriately for the weather, including wearing a hat, gloves, and waterproof boots.
  2. Make sure students wait for the bus in a safe place, away from the street.
  3. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, the red flashing lights are activated and the driver signals your child before approaching, in case the vehicle slides.
  4. If you must cross the street after getting off the bus, cross at a safe place, like a crosswalk, and look left and right before crossing. Use caution for black ice.
  5. Be patient, allow extra time. Snow and ice can slow even experienced drivers, prioritize safety first.

To ensure the best communication and stay informed about transportation and school updates during winter, it's recommended to contact your local district and see if they have adopted our parent mobile app provided by Routr. This app provides real-time updates on bus location, arrival time, and other important information, giving you peace of mind and keeping you informed about your student's transportation.

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