Challenge your drivers to think
during your meetings
7 15 5
Student drop off
Activate the amber lamps of the eight-
lamp flashing signal system as prescribed
Activate your right-turn signal only to
indicate a lane change and check mirrors
to determine the position of other
Come to a complete stop before you open
the service door enough to activate your
stop arm and flashing red signal lamps.
Never open the service door fully to allow
students off the bus until you are certain
that motorists from all directions have
stopped. Check your right rear view
mirrors to make sure no vehicle is
attempting to pass your stopped school
bus on the right side.
Stop your bus parallel to and within 12” of
the curb, if one exists, or parallel to the
edge of the roadway.
Come to a complete stop. Keep the brake
pedal depressed, put the transmission in
“neutral” position, and set the parking
Remember your bus is “stop sign on
wheels.” Give other motorists ample time
to react to the stop arm and flashing red
signal lamps before you open the service
Have the students remain on the bus until
you have determined that traffic has
stopped in all directions.
Count students as they leave your bus.
When it is necessary for a student to cross
the roadway, direct the student to a point
at the edge of the roadway and at least
10’ in front of the bus. This will give the
student a clear view of the roadway being
crossed, as well as give motorists an
opportunity to see the student in the
roadway if the motorist fails to stop for
your school bus.
Student pick up is 5 and 5
Check for traffic again, and when you are
sure the situation is secure, allow the
students to cross the roadway. Instruct
the students to constantly check for
themselves as they carefully cross the
Be careful not to confuse the students or
other motorists with exaggerated body or
hand movements. Make certain students
have your attention and fully understand
Once students are safely across the
roadway and at least 5’ beyond the curb
or edge of the roadway, check mirrors to
assure that no student is in the immediate
area of the school bus.
Determine the location of all students
once they leave your bus.
Make sure that no student has moved
back in front, or to the side, of your school
bus once they have crossed the roadway.
Make sure no student’s backpack,
drawstring, loose clothing, etc. has
become hooked on the handrail or in the
If the student has not moved to a safe
distance from the area around the bus,
direct the student to do so before moving
the vehicle. Do not move the bus until all
students are safe. “count’em off, count’em
Cancel the eight-lamp flashing signal
system by closing the service door. When
this is completed, activate the left-turn
signal only when changing lanes, check
your mirrors for traffic and pedestrians,
and when it is safe to do so, move back
into the traffic lane.
Your route sheets…..highlight students
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
IS ONE BUS STOP AT
13 FATALITIES AT THE REAR
DUALS IN THE LAST 3 YEARS
HOW DO WE PREVENT IT?
9 FATALITIES CROSSING THE
STREET IN 2009-2010
California has zero fatalities? WHY?
Can you drive with your eyes
MID BUS LOADING
On a cell phone?
Buses really can fly
Field trips and the 4th quarter
WHAT IS SAFETY?
Why do you drive better with someone
Why do managers “pick” on you?
It’s all about Attitude
Cut you off
front of you
Stop fast in
front of you
WHAT MAKES YOU CHANGE YOUR RISK FACTORS?
HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT DECISIONS?
The difference between the way you think
things are and the way that you think
things should be.
3 STEP PROCESS OF BEHAVIOR
YOU MAKE UP A STORY
YOU DO SOMETHING
DO WE REALLY
TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY
Did they mean to cut
Did they just forget
the turn signal?
Maybe they didn’t
realize that there
wasn’t enough space.
RELAXATION OR MEDITATION
BIG PICTURE THINKING
LIVE IN THE WORLD OF “IS”
SOMEONE IS GOING TO CUT YOU OFF
RENT IS STILL DUE AT THE END OF THE
WORK IS AT THE SAME TIME
LITTLE JOHNNY IS STILL SCHEDULED TO
RIDE ON MY BUS TOMORROW
The light turned yellow, just in front
of him. He did the right thing,
stopping at the crosswalk,
even though he could have beaten the
red light by accelerating through the
The tailgating woman behind him was
furious and honked her horn,
screaming in frustration, as she
missed her chance to get through the
intersection, dropping her cell phone
As she was still in mid-rant, she
heard a tap on her window and
looked up into the face of a very
serious police officer. The officer
ordered her to exit her vehicle with
her hands up.
He took her to the police station
where she was searched,
fingerprinted, photographed, and
placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman
approached the cell and opened the
door. She was escorted back to the
booking desk where the arresting
officer was waiting with her personal
He said, “I’m sorry for this
mistake. You see,
I pulled up behind your bus
and you were blowing your
horn, flipping off the guy in
front of you and cussing a
blue streak at him.
I figured since you were in a
school bus, there was no
way a driver that transports
children everyday in the
safest form of Transportation
out there could act like
that…so naturally I assumed
that you had stolen the bus.”
Gregg Wilson Don West
Rockford Public Rockford Public
2000 Christina Street, 2000 Christina Street,
Rockford, IL 61104 Rockford, IL 61104