Safety Tips for Bus Drivers
Many bus and coach operators already use modern sophisticated software such as eCoachManager to help their fleets run smoothly and to take care of many mundane jobs such as reports, maintenance scheduling and track payments.
However, when it comes to the training and performance of the drivers some additional help is needed. In this blog we deal out some great tips and advice for bus drivers that will help the safety in and around their vehicles.
It is of key importance before you get behind the wheel of your bus or coach that you get plenty of rest, to eat well, and stay fit and healthy.
Always Maintain Your Vehicle
Before setting out on every trip make sure you inspect your vehicle. Learn how to inspect your brakes, and how to identify any safety defects. Do not undertake a journey unless you are completely happy that the vehicle is fit for service.
Be Aware of Your No-Zone
Never take for granted what other drivers on the road are thinking. And especially that they are aware of any blind spots around the vehicle you are driving.
Your No-Zone represents danger areas, your blind spots were accidents frequently occur and crashes are more likely to take place. Over thirty percent of all crashes concerning buses take place in the No-Zone.
Slow Down in Work Zones
Extra care should be taken when driving in work and road construction zones, stay alert and slow down to the recommended safety speeds. Believe it or not many incidents happen in these areas during the day as that is when most of the heavy work is being carried out. Expect the unexpected at all times driving through these hazardous zones.
Always Keep Your Distance
It doesn’t matter what sort of vehicle you are driving, you should always keep your distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. According to any insurance company, if you crash into a vehicle from behind then 99.9% of the time you are at fault.
Buses and coaches need greater stopping distances than other vehicles, try to anticipate your braking situations from your elevated position on board your bus.
It goes without saying that always wear your safety belt, but it is also wise to encourage your passengers to do so too. In many countries if seat belts are fitted in a coach or bus then it is a legal requirement that they are worn.
Many fatalities from road accidents occur from the non wearing of safety belts, it is the most single effective thing that can be done to prevent injury.
When driving a bus or coach it is imperative that you drive defensively, avoid aggressive drivers at all times. Pull into the inside lane, let them pass then carry on safely at your own speed. The only thing speed will achieve is to increase the odds of you having a crash.
Most of these tips seem obvious, and it seems quite unbelievable that many bus and coach drivers simply choose to ignore them. Be cautious in your driving and courteous to other road users at all times.