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Safety Is a Choice We Make

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

2020 is here and we are continuing to make safety our priority! This month’s safety meeting was focused on reviewing some important topics from the end of 2019 and discussing student/passenger safety inside and outside of the bus along with some critical parts of pre-trip inspections. The overall theme of the meeting was staying focused and minimizing distractions of any kind.

The agenda started with a discussion about vehicle preparations in winter weather and how extra time is needed to prepare for the day’s driving. It is imperative that snow and ice are removed from the vehicle – especially windshields and windows – before departure. Any sort of debris can cause impaired vision and distractions will driving.

When on the road, it is important for drivers to be aware of their environment. Even in situations where there is seemingly no risk of danger, drivers must be on the lookout and always anticipate something happening. Most situations, when reviewed, have an identifiable “critical decision point” that was made, and if the choice was different, a different outcome would have been achieved.

Another important topic covered was student safety management. This encompasses the safety of the students prior to getting on the bus, when they are on the bus, and when they exit the bus to go to school or home. Drivers are trained to watch where the students are walking at all times, and if they can’t see the students, to not move the bus. They are instructed to clear their dangers zones, make eye contact with students as they cross in front of the bus, and to watch for oncoming traffic that may put the students in harms way.

Part of keeping students safe includes doing child/passenger checks. Child/passenger checks are to be done by both the driver and the assistant after the end of each route and again at the bus yard. This procedure prevents students/passengers from being left unattended. We are committed to ensuring all of our passengers are kept safe on a daily basis. At our January meeting, a child/passenger check quiz was distributed to test and review employees’ knowledge on this procedure.

Some of our Wyandotte safety pin recipients

At the end of the meeting, employees who have had no preventable accidents or injuries for 1, 2, or 3 years received a safety pin. By eliminating distractions, it’s possible to achieve zero fatalities, zero unattended children, zero preventable accidents, and zero preventable injuries. Our employees are committed to putting safety first and making the roads safer for our communities. We commend all of our employees for everything they do to keep our passengers safe!

Winter Driving Tips

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The winter weather has started and drivers are getting back into the groove of driving on slick winter roads. Driving on slick, snowy roads can be scary, slippery, and dangerous – and accidents tend to occur. By preparing your vehicle in advance, paying attention to the weather, and following our winter driving tips, you can make the roads safer for yourself and those around you.

General Winter Driving Tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle. Having a winter survival kit will help you to be prepared if you become stranded. Make sure you also have a snow shovel, sand or salt, and an ice scraper. Before the winter weather hits full swing, get your tires checked to determine if they need air or to be replaced with winter tires.
  • Keep your gas tank half full at all times. This habit will allow you to run your engine and keep warm if you get stranded or stuck. It will also prevent your gas line from freezing. Windshield wipers should be checked and in good condition, and your windshield fluid reservoir full so you can easily wipe away snow and slush.
  • Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area. Keeping your car running in an area such as a garage with the door closed will cause toxic fumes to become trapped and could be deadly.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Always be alert, especially with icy or snowy conditions. If you are fatigued, avoid driving. Never use a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle. Before driving anywhere, make sure your car is cleared of snow and ice, including your roof, trunk, lights, mirrors, windows, and reflectors.

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Snowy Weather Driving Tips:

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery roads.
  • Reduce your speed and drive cautiously and accelerate and decelerate slowly. Accelerating, turning, and stopping all take longer on icy and snow-covered roads.
  • Increase your distance from the car in front of you as conditions worsen. You should stay eight to ten seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Keep an eye on weather reports and delay trips when severe weather is predicted. If you have to leave, inform others of your route, destination, and anticipated arrival time.
  • If you become trapped by snow, stay in your vehicle. Your vehicle makes it easier for rescuers to find you. Tie brightly colored material to your antenna or in a rolled up window as a signal. If you are stuck overnight, you can keep the dome light on since it uses minimal electricity and can help rescuers locate you.
  • Keep your exhaust pipe free of snow, slush, mud, and ice. Deadly carbon monoxide gas can leak into your car if the engine is running and your exhaust is blocked. You can also crack a window to prevent leakage.
  • Only run your car for short periods of time, just long enough to stay warm. 10 minutes every hour is a good starting point.
  • Don’t stop going once starting up a hill and do not power up. Get some acceleration on a flat road before going up a hill. Let that carry you to the top. Once you are approaching the top of the hill, reduce your speed and continue down the hill as slowly as possible.

If the weather conditions are severe, stay home and do not attempt to drive – even if you feel you are experienced at driving in winter weather. While there may be places you need to go, most things can be rescheduled. If possible, take a snow day – have a movie marathon and watch the snow from indoors! Happy winter!

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