Stories that drew the most traffic on School Bus Fleet’s website in 2015 addressed issues such as enhancing security, coping with driver shortage, and identifying and preventing brake problems.

Here are the five most-viewed feature articles of the year, with links to the full stories.

1. Conferences Target School Bus Security, Leadership Skills
A recap of highlights from the NAPT Summit and NASDPTS Conference, which were held in Kansas City, Missouri, in November 2014. Sessions covered such pertinent topics as shooter response training, student safety and leadership, and awards recognized vital contributions to pupil transportation.

2. 20 Tips for Dealing with Driver Shortage
SBF research has found that school bus driver shortage is an ongoing challenge for the industry that has gotten worse recently. This story shares best practices in tackling the problem, from boosting recruiting efforts to addressing absenteeism.

3. Alt-Fuel Vehicles, Safety Tools on Tap at NAPT Trade Show
Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the 2014 show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.

4. How to Pinpoint and Prevent Common Brake Problems
Brake experts give guidance on conducting thorough inspections, servicing the brake systems and teaching school bus drivers what to watch out for.

5. Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.