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  1. Vehicle Training NHTSA School Bus Driver In-Service Safety Series

  2. Vehicle Training NHTSA School Bus Driver In-Service Safety Series

  3. Module Purpose • Describe the handling characteristics of each bus. • Recognize when the mirrors on a bus are properly adjusted. • Use the mirrors to gauge the space around the bus and to back up. • Pass the wheelbase test.

  4. Handling Characteristics Every bus is different

  5. Some Differences • How they stop and start • Turning radius • How they back up • Mirror adjustments • How much tail swing • Placement of wheels

  6. Mirrors How to adjust your mirrors properly

  7. Why Proper Adjustment Matters • To see around the bus • To see what the rear axles is doing in a turn • To back up safely • To eliminate blind spots around the vehicle

  8. Backing the Bus How to back the bus when there are no other safe ways to move

  9. Using a Lookout • The lookout should warn you about obstacles, approaching persons and vehicles. • The lookout should not give you directions on how to back the bus.

  10. Turning Making left and right turns

  11. Turning Differences • 64-passenger conventional bus • 35 feet long • Wheel base of 21 1/3 feet • Turning radius of about 58 feet • 78-passenger transit-style bus • 37 feet long • Wheel base of 18 feet • Turning radius of about 36 feet

  12. The Perfect Right Turn • Entire bus clears curb at corner • Bus stays in its own lane of traffic as much as possible

  13. The Perfect Left Turn • Bus stays in its own lane of traffic as much as possible