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Driving Under Adverse Weather Conditions. NHTSA School Bus Driver In-Service Safety Series. Module Purpose. To review the process for making decisions in an adverse weather situations. To learn when to anticipate particular kinds of weather. Five Conditions. Slippery roads

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driving under adverse weather conditions

Driving Under Adverse Weather Conditions

NHTSA School Bus Driver

In-Service Safety Series

module purpose
Module Purpose
  • To review the process for making decisions in an adverse weather situations.
  • To learn when to anticipate particular kinds of weather.
five conditions
Five Conditions
  • Slippery roads
  • Limited visibility
  • Vehicle control problems
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Catastrophic conditions
for each condition
For Each Condition
  • What causes it
  • What you should know about it
  • How you should handle it
before you head out
Before You Head Out
  • Conduct a CDL pre-trip inspection
  • Check road and weather conditions
  • Plan for the unexpected
  • Remember that you are not in a car
  • Always have an emergency plan
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On Your Route

Slow Down

This is the most important thing to remember when driving in adverse weather conditions.

good things to know
Good Things to Know
  • What equipment do I have that might help and how do I use it?
  • What is the right clothing?
  • What is the correct way to slow down?
  • How do I listen to the weather report to get the most information from it?
equipment
Equipment
  • Strobe lights
  • Automatic chains
  • Chains, blocks, and tighteners
  • Sand release device
clothing
Clothing
  • Layers, nothing bulky
  • Hat with visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves with leather palms
  • Insulated socks
  • Proper footwear
slowing the bus
Slowing the Bus
  • ABS versus non-ABS
  • Avoid brake fade
    • Gear down
    • Use the retarder
    • Use the brakes
  • Check tire tread
slippery roads mud
Slippery Roads – Mud
  • Non-paved wet road
  • Paved road with excessive mud
slippery roads rain
Slippery Roads – Rain

Sprinkles

Heavy Downpour

slippery roads ice
Slippery Roads – Ice
  • Kinds of ice
  • Icing conditions
slippery roads snow
Slippery Roads – Snow
  • Types of snow
  • Snowy conditions
limited visibility
Limited Visibility

Slight

So bad you can see nothing

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Vehicle Control Problems

Handling the school bus in windy situations

catastrophic conditions
Catastrophic Conditions
  • Occur without much warning
  • Require a particular and immediate response from the school bus driver