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August 2013 Issue


Tips and tools to select safe stops

By Kelly Roher

Pupil transporters recommend considering everything from whether to use mid-block stops or corner stops to avoiding situations where students must cross a busy street to ensuring that the bus has enough room to maneuver in the area. Staff input and routing software can assist in this task.

10 factors that affect vehicle dynamics

Understanding vehicle dynamics will help the driver maintain optimum control of the bus, which is essential to maintaining student safety. Here, factors ranging from tires and centrifugal force to weight shift and acceleration are addressed.

6 tips for directors coming aboard a new district

When taking on a new position at a different district, assessing and getting used to new people and procedures can be a challenge. Transportation directors who have successfully made the transition share advice on how to implement changes and get to know new employees and peers.

Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives

It has been 25 years since the fiery Kentucky bus crash that killed 27 people. Jason Booher, now a high school administrator and coach, recounts his narrow escape from the burning bus and discusses the safety improvements that stemmed from the tragedy.

Editorials

Let's ditch the cowboy terms

It is imperative that the industry emphasize its relevance, its professionalism and its commitment to safety. Calling your transportation facility a “bus barn” does not suggest any of those things.

Positively managing change helps others

While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can manage our responses by being a leavening agent for positive change in the lives of others.

The right way to make a left

There’s no good way around it: We have to turn left sometimes, often without the “protection” of a solid green arrow. For school bus drivers, training to “perfect the art” of knowing the bus and how to steer it will allow them to focus on watching out for objects in the intersection.

NAPT News & Views — Steve Simmons discusses the times he would travel back to

NAPT has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Steve A. Simmons, NAPT Region 3 director and director of transportation at Columbus (Ohio) City Schools.

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