May 07, 2013 |
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Managing Editor Kelly Roher visits BusWest, a Thomas Built Buses dealership in Southern California, to get behind the wheel of a bus. She does so to get a sense of what it's like to maneuver a school bus.
Kelly in a SB ready for customer delivery?
Kelly is told the front mirrors are for crossing students. Why are they mounted high enough to be a driving distraction? Why are they adjusted to see more sky than danger zone in front of the SB? In many operations they will not be readjusted for SB use. Stop the video when you see two front cross mirrors. Why are they high mounted as a terrible distraction to the bus driver in a moving SB? In my 34 years of "hands on" SB specification, maintenance, operation, I have remounted every single mirror in our SB fleet to optimize student safety above & beyond all requirements while at the same time enhancing the drivers view to eliminate blind spots & distractions. My personal goal for my employes is to see that we have done everything within our ability to prevent the death of a student & to be able to continue on with our own life if the worst should ever happen on our route.
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