warning device 30 metres (about 100
feet) in front of and behind the bus.
• If a breakdown occurs, and the vehicle
is stationary on a highway outside the
limits of an urban municipality during the
period between sunset and sunrise (in
darkness), or anytime when there is not
sufficient light to see people or vehicles
clearly on a highway at a distance of
150 metres (about 492 feet), activate
the emergency hazard lights. Place an
approved warning device 75 metres
(about 250 feet) in front of and
behind the bus.
• If you cannot fix the problem quickly
or cannot radio or phone for help, stay
with the bus.
Left / right turns
When turning left or right at an intersection
do the following:
• Prepare well in advance by positioning
the bus in the appropriate lane
depending on the direction of travel.
• Give the proper turn signal in sufficient
time to provide a reasonable warning to
other motorists of your intention.
• Reduce your speed and downshift to the
proper gear needed to execute the turn.
• Check traffic and conditions to your left
and right then left again before making
your turn. Watch for both vehicle and
• Check for traffic signals or signs that are
directed to you plus be aware of signs
or signals that apply to cross-traffic.
• Executing the turn
· Turning left – take the left most
lane available (unless directed
otherwise by arrows on a traffic sign
or markings on the road surface). If
stopped waiting to turn, keep the
front wheels pointed straight and the
break pedal depressed to ensure
your brake lights are on and if struck
from behind your bus will not be
pushed into oncoming traffic. When
turning left off a two-lane highway,
make a quick shoulder and mirror
check to ensure you are not about to
be passed by an overtaking vehicle.
· Turning right – take the right-most
• On dual left turn lanes, it is preferable to
use the outer left turning lane.
• Never shift gears during the turn.
• Check the left and right mirrors as you are
turning for bus body swing and clearance.
• Check that your turn signal has been
cancelled once the turn is complete.
Reversing a school bus is a leading cause
of school bus collisions. It should be
avoided whenever possible. It is illegal to
reverse a loaded or unloaded school bus
in a schoolyard or at a location next to a
school ground unless there is a responsible
guide located outside at the rear of the bus
giving direction. Remember that you are
responsible for all movements of the bus.
Here are some guidelines to follow.
• Physically check the area for any
obstructions and clearances.
• Have a responsible adult act as a guide.
• Agree on the hand signals that
will be used.
• Tell the person where to stand.
• Tap the horn.
• Reverse slowly.
• Stop immediately if you lose sight
of the guide.