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Learn to Detect the Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
April 1, 2000

Even over-the-counter drugs, such as cough syrup and pain medication, can impair a driver’s abilities. Drivers and supervisors need to be aware of this and other substance-abuse facts.

Violence Prevention Is a Top Concern for Special-Needs Transporters
April 1, 2000

Transporting Students with Disabilities Conference focuses on violence prediction and prevention, which comes through understanding students' needs, treating them with respect and enforcing rules.

A woman with a headache relieves some industry pain
April 1, 2000

What’s interesting about this television commercial is how it has resonated within the school transportation community. Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that school bus drivers, especially, have embraced this 30-second sales pitch like a newly found twin.

Keys to the Perfect Marriage of Engine and Transmission
April 1, 2000

First, determine how the bus will be used. Second, rate the importance of performance, fuel economy and serviceability. Third, consider affordability.

Invest in your technicians or risk the consequences
April 1, 2000

School bus technicians must stay even — or ahead — of the technology curve.

Motivate Your Staff, Without Breaking the Bank
April 1, 2000

Small rewards, even Tootsie Rolls, and interest in their personal growth can encourage employees to give their best effort.

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Essential Training Strategies for School Bus Mechanics
April 1, 2000

With the proliferation of computerized engines and transmissions and ABS systems, shop managers need to find new ways to train and motivate school bus mechanics.

April 1, 2000

Fuel crunch bruises bus budgets

A steep rise in prices for diesel fuel and gasoline has forced school bus operators to consider ways to mini...
The unsung heroes of school transportation
April 1, 2000

We all know that school bus drivers are not paid enough, respected enough, or given enough recognition as professionals. On the brighter side, there have been improvements in the past few years.

Improving Your Parts Inventory Management
March 1, 2000

Computerized systems can improve parts department efficiency and make a mechanic's job easier.

Focus Groups Help in Designing New Bus Model
March 1, 2000

<i>SBF</i> Editor Steve Hirano discusses the new Saf-T-Liner ER with Ed Swaim, product manager of Type D buses at Thomas Built Buses.

Occupant Restraint for Children with Special Needs: Part 1
March 1, 2000

In Part 1 of a three-part series, tips on effective restraint of children who need head/trunk support.

Strategies for Revitalizing Your Driver Training
March 1, 2000

Increase the effectiveness of your driver training through interactive exercises, provocative speakers and team building.

Keeping Tabs on Sex Offenders Makes Busing Safer
March 1, 2000

Consulting the law enforcement list of registered sex offenders can help you avoid dangerous routing oversights.

How to Put the Brakes on Stop-Arm Runners
March 1, 2000

New tactics for reducing 'fly-bys,' including video surveillance, flashing headlights and multiple stop arms.

How we developed a special-needs training course
March 1, 2000

Too often, new school bus drivers and attendants are assigned the task of transporting special-education students without adequate training.

News from Washington is more than the campaign
March 1, 2000

Believe it or not, there are other things happening in the political world, although you wouldn’t know it from the network TV coverage. Surprisingly, some of them could affect the pupil transportation industry. More surprisingly, they could have a positive effect.

You can’t always get what you want
March 1, 2000

At the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT), we decided to invest time, energy and expertise in ensuring that good school bus safety laws are enacted in our state.

This teen’s ‘dream car’ is a retired school bus
March 1, 2000

When people discover my love for Crown school buses, they figure I spent my childhood on the West Coast riding them to school and back.

Always in a hurry, got somewhere to go
March 1, 2000

Too many children have died because motorists have decided that the flashing red lights and extended stop arm of a school bus are merely a suggestion.

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