The following school bus safety questions were taken from training manuals produced by the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI). Test your own knowledge of these important issues and then apply the information to your operation as necessary:
1. What is meant by the term “shake test”?
a. Ratio of vehicle weight to spring travel
b. Driver or aide checking wheelchair securement before bus resumes motion
c. Late night dance routine
d. There is no need to check wheelchair securement with modern securement systems
2. At an accident scene, which of the following could indicate a point of impact?
a. Pavement gouge
b. Change of direction of skid marks
c. Radiator spatter
d. All of the above
3. By what date must every Head Start vehicle have at least one monitor on board at all times?
a. January 17, 2001
b. January 18, 2002
c. January 20, 2004
d. This requirement will not apply to school districts transporting Head Start children
4. What is the best way to exit from a side emergency window?
a. Feet first, face up
b. Feet first, face down
c. Head first, face down
d. One leg at a time
Answers: 1. b 2. d 3. c 4. b
For more information, contact PTSI at (800) 836-2210 or visit www.ptsi.org.