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<p>The groups were assigned to a bus and required to strategize on assigning different components of the requirements to those with the strongest skill in the area.</p> PHOTOS: Back to school safety drill for bus drivers

Activities styled on the television reality show “The Amazing Race” and a mock court...

<p><strong>HEADQUARTERS:</strong> Collins Bus Corp. manufactures Type A school and activity buses at its facility located in South Hutchinson, Kansas.</p> Virtual Tour: Collins Bus plant

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Fuel tax exemption must be protected

While the school bus fuel tax exemption has been preserved for well over three decades, the dire situation of the Highway Trust Fund could pose a threat. Fuel tax revenue for the fund has declined in recent years as cars have become more fuel-efficient and the number of miles driven has decreased.

Racy bus ad serves as cautionary tale

A transit bus picking up primary pupils in Sydney, Australia, recently was adorned with an ad that would make most parents cringe. Although the mishap took place abroad, it raises the question of whether something similar could happen here in the U.S.


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Conventional school bus inspection training DVD

Indiana school bus driver Greg Beaverson has created a version of his “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” DVD for conventional buses (the first edition is for transit-style school buses). The program, designed for drivers preparing for the test to earn a CDL, shows the pre-trip inspection process and is broken down into several chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu.

Motor oils

Duralec Super motor oils are made for EPA 2007 and 2010 emissions-equipped diesel engines requiring the use of emissions-compliant oil. The motor oils are formulated to maximize component life, extend drain intervals and improve fuel performance, company officials said. The synthetic formulation has high temperature breakdown resistance and low temperature pumpability to minimize cold induced startup wear, according to the company.

Oil drain valve

The new EZ Oil Drain Valve replaces the standard drain plug on all engines for clean and easy oil changes, company officials said. Just turn the lever to drain oil, and the lever locks closed to prevent accidental openings, according to the company. The valve comes with optional hose ends that allow easy hose connections to drain oil away from the engine.

Hybrid undercoating

ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating strikes a balance between fast drying solvent formulations and slower drying, more temperature sensitive, 100% water-based products, company officials said. Using new resins, the company has created a coating with a darker finish and less porosity so there is virtually no chance of moisture migration, providing better corrosion resistance, a better gravelometer rating and improved sprayability, according to the supplier.

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Did you know that hybrid technology can reduce emissions by up to 90% and improve fuel economy by as much as 55%?

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