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Cover Story - September 2010 2010

Defensive Driving Principles and How to Teach Them

By: Claire Atkinson

After instituting a defensive driving focus in its training program, one district decreased reportable accidents by 33 percent.

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To fee or not to fee?

It seems counterintuitive to deter districts from using fees to keep their bus programs running. If a district can’t afford to continue providing free rides and has to cut transportation, no one wins.


More and more alternatives

There’s clearly still a lot of room for growth in alternative fuel use. Fortunately, the vehicle options for pupil transportation operations continue to grow.


NAPT News & Views

Much work is being done to promote the benefits of yellow school buses since U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood approved the establishment of a public education campaign. Among the efforts is a partnership between NHTSA, the U.S. Department of Education, the American School Bus Council and NAPT to work on developing educational materials.

When school transportation budgets are shrinking, there are several key places to look to increase efficiency.

Tips for enhancing efficiency

Efficiency in a school transportation operation can include vehicle fuel economy and productivity of technicians. But if we really want to talk efficiency, the discussion must focus on routing — specifically, the policies that shape school bus routes and the processes put in place to evaluate those routes.

Blake Krapf (center) receives the Contractor of the Year award from SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo. At left is NSTA President Donnie Fowler.

Blake Krapf Named Contractor of the Year

The Krapf Bus Companies CEO has been a key figure in state and national associations while growing his family’s business. He recently secured a groundbreaking contract to privatize a school district operation in Virginia.

Author Jean Zimmerman (top left) says physical therapists can teach bus drivers about proper body mechanics to help reduce injury while they are transporting special-needs students.

Involving Physical Therapists in Pupil Transportation

Physical and occupational therapists are a great asset to an operation. Help them to see the critical role they play in assisting with the transport of special-needs students by soliciting their expertise on body mechanics, disabilities and mobility devices. Ensure that they participate in evacuation training and drills.


Hammerhead Impactools

With a head height of less than 2 inches, 180 ft.-lb. of maximum torque and 7,100 rpm of speed, the 2015MAX and 2025MAX Hammerhead low-profile Impactools offer the power and speed of an impact and the reach of a ratchet.

RouteTracer, Transfinder’s new GPS bundle, integrates Zonar’s K12 High-Definition GPS unit with Transfinder’s Busfinder AVL software to display actual and historical bus locations and path-points on a district’s transportation routing map.


Transfinder and Zonar Systems have partnered to offer school districts a low-cost GPS system.

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