With summertime storm season in full swing, it’s more important than ever for all drivers to review proper safety procedures for bad weather, no matter what type of vehicle they drive or which type of CDL they hold. Being a safe driver, after all, is not only common courtesy, but a preventive measure to ensure everyone on the road stays safe.
However, for those who work in student transportation services or those who hold class B CDLs with passenger endorsements, understanding safety procedures is a crucial part of their jobs. Their passengers have complete faith that the driver will get them safely where they need to be; that driver is responsible for the lives of whomever they carry in those back seats.
That’s why Northstar Bus Lines, a Maple Grove group transportation service, has compiled a short list of safety measures all bus drivers should take during severe summer weather.
Dealing With Excessive Heat
As used to it as we are, it’s important to remember the heat from our Minnesota summers can, in the right circumstances, quickly become dangerous. Being in the full sun, for example, can increase the heat index by up to fifteen degrees fahrenheit. So, if you’re working a Minnesota school bus driver job and it’s scheduled to be a real scorcher, what should you do?
● Check in with your passengers regularly. Many passengers, out of courtesy, are unwilling to speak up if they begin to suffer in the heat. Reach out over the intercom now and again to make sure everyone is keeping cool. You could save a life.
● Wear sunglasses. When it’s hot, it’s bound to be sunny. Wraparound sunglasses are wonderful at reducing glare so you can keep your passengers safe.
● Keep an eye out for heat sickness. Symptoms include dizziness, vomiting, and bright red skin. Depending on how bad the illness is, the skin may also feel cold and sweaty. If yourself or one of your passengers falls sick, call dispatch immediately and seek medical attention.
What if it Storms?
Summer storms can create a variety of hazards, from poor visibility to wet roads. When operating a bus in a storm, defensive driving is key. Maintain a greater following distance than you would normally, and don’t be afraid to pull off—under an overpass, if possible—if you fear hydroplaning or strong winds. You may feel concerned your school bus contractor will be upset, but in this situation, maintaining the safety of your passengers is the top priority.
Need School Bus Driver Training? Contact Northstar Bus Lines Today
If you’re reading this to study for your class B CDL, you’re in luck; Northstar bus lines offers paid training for this licence, should you choose to take a job with us! View our employment opportunities here or contact us today for more information at 763-425-2542.