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State Directors Tab Safety Issues as Top Concerns
February 1, 1999

Emphasis is given to dangers posed by non-conforming vans and stop-arm violators, but the driver shortage is also deemed a major problem.

How to Survive a Hostage Situation on Your School Bus
February 1, 1999

Sure, chances are slim that you'll be held hostage, but you should be prepared for a worst-case scenario.

Staying Power: Keys to Improving Driver Retention
February 1, 1999

Job satisfaction is the key to retaining drivers. Treat them with respect, compensate them fairly, show your appreciation - or lose them.

Language should focus on abilities, not disabilities
February 1, 1999

How we speak to and about the students with disabilities who ride school buses can influence their perception of themselves and others' perceptions of them.

Driver turnover hurts, but there's gain in pain
February 1, 1999

I'd like to offer my own advice on dealing with the driver shortage. Some of this is drawn from my experience in the publishing world, which has its own healthy share of turnover.

Children learn from parents that buses are 'loser cruisers'
February 1, 1999

We spend countless hours in the schools, working with the elementary students to foster a sense of responsibility and respect.

Show no mercy toward these neglectful drivers
February 1, 1999

I've said this before, school bus drivers have a tremendous - and terrible - responsibility. So many things can go wrong.

GPS Brings School Buses into Range
December 1, 1998

Global positioning system (GPS) technology is becoming widely used, but will it satisfy the requirements of school bus operators?

Tags: GPS, routing
Dramatic Moments Highlight 1998 NAPT Show
December 1, 1998

NTSB Chairman Jim Hall challenges the industry to 'commit' to lap-shoulder belts, while CNN's Jim Polk challenges the NAPT.

Tips on proper spec'ing of special-needs buses
December 1, 1998

One of the many challenges of transporting students with disabilities is properly spec'ing the school bus, which must be equipped to meet the varying demands of disabled children.

Auxiliary heating system requires seasonal tuneup
December 1, 1998

Before the start of the heating season, auxiliary coolant heaters should be inspected for proper functioning and possible tuneup according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Will the 'Millennium Bug' bite school bus operators?
December 1, 1998

With all the publicity about the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem, the school transportation industry has been strangely silent on this issue.

Lack of commitment fuels the 'loser cruiser'
December 1, 1998

"Loser cruiser." This is the term a junior high school student used to describe the school bus she rode every day. It got me thinking about our industry's lack of commitment to improving the image of the yellow school bus to the people who really matter — students.

This motivational speech left me wanting more
December 1, 1998

I've never been much of a rah-rah guy. Sure, I occasionally enjoy listening to inspirational stories about people who've overcome incredible odds, but...

Kentuckian Named SBF's Administrator of the Year
December 1, 1998

Recognized for his excellence at the local and state levels, Bobby Gaffney of Woodford County received this year's award.

'Smart System' Alerts School Buses of Approaching Trains
December 1, 1998

Pilot testing at a Minnesota school district shows electronic system holds promise in preventing highway-rail accidents.

Playing with Fire?
December 1, 1998

Although NHTSA is reluctant to require its use, flame-retardant seating material is making inroads in the school bus industry.

Manage an Activity-Trip Crisis Before it Occurs
October 1, 1998

Improve your communication links, driver-chaperone training and post-accident preparation to maximize transportation safety.

Roadeo champions reveal secrets of their success
October 1, 1998

Practice, persistence and preparation are the keys to winning a school bus driving competition

Tags: roadeo
How to Navigate Your Fleet Through Disasters
October 1, 1998

Coordinated plans — rehearsed in tabletop and actual simulations — ensure that school bus operators can handle nature's nastiest surprises.

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