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Remember, even with a guide, you
are still responsible for all movements
of the bus.

When required to reverse, other than
on school property, make sure the area
is clear of obstructions and use both side
mirrors.

Turnarounds

Some bus routes may require a driver
to do a turnaround. The only time a
turnaround should ever be done on a
two-lane highway is if it cannot be done
on private property. Turnarounds are
done by backing into a road on the right
of the main roadway. Never back onto
or across a highway. When a turnaround
must be done, the following procedure is
recommended:
• Start slowing down well in advance of
   the turnaround.
• Stop the bus in the proper position on
   the main roadway. It should be about
   one bus length ahead of the road that
   you will be reversing into. Check traffic
   in all directions to ensure that there is
   enough time and space in the traffic to
   allow the turnaround. Wait for traffic to
   pass around you.
• Back into the road on the right when it
   is clear, using your mirrors and shoulder
   checking to the right.
• Re-enter the main roadway when it is
   clear and safe to do so.

Remember, never back onto or across
a highway.

If required to load or unload passengers at
the turnaround point, do the following:

• Load the passengers before the
   turnaround (see 1 and 2 on the diagram).
• Unload the passengers after backing
   (see 3 and 4 on the diagram).

 
 
  

A U-turn can be done on a four-lane
divided highway if the length of the bus
is less than the width of the median
separating the flow of traffic.

The bus must be brought to a full stop
on the crossroad. The front and back of
the bus must be clear of all traffic lanes.

 
 
  

Passenger loading and
unloading

School bus operators should follow
these procedures:
• The law requires that the alternately
   flashing red lights and stop arm only
   be used when loading and unloading
   passengers. The driver must know when
   the alternately flashing lights must be
   used. Local authorities may prohibit

 

56    A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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