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You should always check each mirror...
before operating the school bus.
Flat mirrors are mounted...
at the left and right front corners on the bus at the side or front of the windshield.
Flat mirrors are used to ...
monitor traffic, check clearances and students on the sides and to the rear of the bus.
There is a blind spot...
immediately below and in the front of each mirror and directly in the back of the rear bumper.
The blind spot behind the bus extends ...
50 to 150 feet and could extend to 400 feet
Ensure that the flat mirrors are properly adjusted so you can see...
200 feet or 4 bus lengths behind the bus; along the sides of the bus; the rear tires touching the ground
The _____ mirrors are located below the outside flat mirrors.
convex
Convex mirrors are used to...
monitor the left and right sides at a wide angle
Convex mirrors provide ...
a view of traffic, clearances, and students at the side of the bus
Ensure that the convex mirrors are properly adjusted so you can see...
the entire side of the bus up to the mirror mounts; front of the rear tires touching the ground; at least one traffic lane on either side of the bus
The outside left and right side crossover mirrors are mounted...
on the left and right front corners of the bus
Ensure that the crossover mirrors are properly adjusted so you can see...
the entire front area in front of the bus from the front bumper at ground level to a point where direct vision is possible; right and left front tires touching the ground; the area from the front of the bus to the service door
Crossover mirrors are used to see...
the front bumper "danger zone" area directly in front of ther bus that is not visible by direct vision, left and right sides of the bus, including the service door and front wheel area
Crossover mirrors present a view of people and objects that does not accurately reflect their size and distance from the bus
TRUE or FALSE
True
Convex mirrors show _____ feet long and _____ feet on either side in the rear.
32 feet length and 12 feet on each side
Flat mirrors show show_____ feet width and _____ feet on either side in the front and rear.
10 feet width on each side, 10 feet length in front and rear
The Overhead Inside Rearview Mirror (OIRM) is mounted...
above the windshield on the driver's side area of the bus.
The OIRM is used to...
monitor passenger activity in the bus.
TRUE or FALSE
There is a blind spot directly behind the driver's seat.
TRUE
Position the OIRM to see...
top of the rear window in the top of the mirror; all the students, including the heads of the students right bheind the driver.
Inspection of vehicles by the driver is mandated by...
Federal and State laws
The emergency door on your bus must...
be closed when operating the bus
Vehicle inspection is intended for what purpose?
To find problems that could cause a crash or breakdown
Inspection of your bus should be done...
Before and after a trip
What should be on your bus at all times in case of an emergency?
fire extinquishers, spare electrical fuses if needed, and warning devices for parked vehicles
A straight truck or bus air brake system should not leak at a rate of more than _____psi per minute with the engine off and the brakes released.
Two (2) psi per minute
What should you do if a low air pressure warning comes on?
Bring your vehicle to a safe stop.
You have been forced off the road. How should you safely move back onto the road?
If the shoulder is clear, stay on it until your vehicle has come to a stop and move back onto the pavement when it is safe.
You should use your mirrors to check...
the condition of your tires; where the rear of your vehicle is when you make turns, and traffic gaps when merging
When backing a bus, you turn the top of the steering wheel...
toward the ditrection you want to go
Your bus has dual parking control valves that can be used to ...
release the spring emergency parking brake to move short distances
Under what conditions may a bus have recapped or regrooved tires?
The tires may not be on the front wheels
To stop for a railroad track, a bus driver should stop how far from the nearest track?
Fifteen to 50 feet
Where should you discharge an unruly rider?
In as safe a place as possible
List the three types of emergency equipment you must have on your bus:
Fire extinguisher, spare fuses unless equipped with circuit breakers, and reflectors
The bus is disabled; under what circumstances may the bus be towed or pushed to discharge passengers?
Only if getting off the bus sooner would be unsafe
When is it best to wear your seat belt?
At all times
You are driving a 40-foot bus at 30 mph; the road is dry and visibility is good. You should keep a safety zone in front of your bus about how many second long?
Four (4) seconds
When must you stop before crossing a drawbridge?
When the drawbridge does not have a signal or traffic control device
You should not let riders stand where?
In front of the standee line.
If you have riders aboard, you should never refuel your bus ....
in a closed building
A prohibited practice for a bus driver is....
talking to the passengers
Changing gears while crossing a railroad track is...
never advisable
Bus rules should be given...
before departing
Most bus crashes occur at...
Intersections
To use an interlock in place of the parking brake is...
unwise
When you inspect your bus, make sure that:
rider signaling devices are working
If the school bus goes into a front-wheel skid, it will...
go straight even if the steering wheel is turned
Who decides routes and bus stops?
Each school district
You should never change the location of a bus stop without approval from...
the appropriate school district official
When approaching a bus stop,...
activate alternating flashing amber warning lamps before the school bus stop in accordance with state law
When approaching a bus stop, bring school bus to a _____ stop with the front bumper at least _____ feet away from the staudents at the stop.
full, 10 feet away
When approaching a bus stop, place transmission in ____ and set the ______ at each stop.
Park, parking brake
TRUE or FALSE
Students can enter the bus when they are ready.
FALSE - only when signaled by the driver.
If you cannot account for a student outside, you should...
secure the bus, take the key, and check around and underneath the bus.
When students are loading at the school campus, you should...
turn ignition switch off, pyut key in pocket, and position yourself to supervise loading
During unloading, have the students...
reamin seated until told to exit
If you have missed a student's unloading stop,
do not back up - follow local procedures
When your route or school activity is finished, you should...
conduct a post-trip inspection of the bus.
At post inspection...
any problems or special situations should be reported immediately to your supervisor or school authorities.
If it is determined a need to evacuate the bus, , the first and most important consideration is...
for the driver to recognize the hazard.
In an evacuation school bus drivers should...
contact their dispatcher to explain the situation before making the decision to evacuate the bus (if time permits)
Student safety and control during an evacuation is best maintained by...
keeping students on the bus during an emergency and/or impending crisis situation.
Mandatory evacuation situations include:
bus is on fire or threat of fire; bus is stalled on or adjacent to railroad crossing; position of bus may change and increase danger; there is imminent chance of danger; hazardous materials spill
When evacuating the students, determine a safe place that is...
at least 100 feet off the road in the direction of the oncoming traffic
General procedurers for evacuation of a bus include:
securing the bus; dangling radio microphone out of driver's window for later use; THEN evacuate students from the bus; walk through bus and retrieve emergency equipment; account for all students; set out emergency warning devices
Passive RR crossings ...
do not have any type of traffic control device.
Passive RR crossing have...
yellow circular advance warning signs, pavement markings and crossbucks to help you recognize a crossing.
Active crossings have...
traffic control devices; these include flashing red light, flashing read lights with bells and flashing red lights with bells and gates
Pavement markings for RR...
mean the same as the advance warning sign; they consist of n "X" and the letters "RR" and a no-passing marking on two-lane rods.
The pavement crossbuck sign marks a ...
passive crossing that requires that you yield the right-of-way to the train.
Who governs how school buses must operate at railroad-highway crossings?
Each state has laws and regulations
When approaching a RR crossing, slowdown and activitate...
hazard lamps approximately 200 feet before the crossing.
At the RR crossing, you should stop...
no closer than 15 feet and no further than 50 feet from nearest rail.
At the RR crossing, you should turn off...
all radios and noisy equipment, and silence the passengers; open the service door and listen for an approaching train
When crossing the RR track, cross it in a ..... gear and...
low, DO NOT change gears while crossing
If the gate comes down after you have started across a train track, ...
drive through it even if it means you will break the gate.
If you bus stalls or is trapped on the tracks, you should...
get everyone out of the bus and off the tracks immediately.
If there is a problem on the bus,...
pull the bus over to handle the problem.
In handling a serious problem on the bus, ...
follow school's procedure; park the bus; secure the bus and put key in your pocket; then stand up and speak repectably but firmly to offender.
In handling disruptive student, and a seat change is needed,...
request that the student move to a seat near you.
TRUE or FALSE
If a student is disruptive, stop and put him off.
FALSE. never put a student off the bus except at school or his/her designated school bus stop.
ABS (Antilock Braking System) helps you aviod...
wheel lock up and maintain control.
If your ABS malfunctions (lamp will come on),...
you still have regular brakes. Drive normally, but get the system services soon.
ABS will help maintain vehicle control but...
not always shorten stopping assistance.
TRUE or FALSE
ABS will change the way you normally brake.
FALSE. It will not. It only comes into play when a wheel locks up.
When driving in high winds,...
keep a strong grip on the steering wheel
Buses are effected greatly by winds....
when coming out of tunnels
TRUE or FALSE
It is fine to back up a school bus.
FALSE. It is strongly discouraged especially if students are outside the bus.
If you have to back up, you should...
post a lookout at the rear of the bus inside; signal for quiet in the bus; constantly check mirrors; back slowly; make sure all students are on bus before backing
A school bus can have up to a _______ tail swing.
three foot