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• Remember, as the driver of the school
   bus, you must never leave the bus
   without turning off the engine, setting
   the brakes, putting the transmission
   in its lowest gear (manual) or park
   (automatic) position and taking
   the key out.
• When you are sure that it is safe to
   proceed, select an appropriate low gear.
• Release the park brake.
• Check left and right.
• Close the door.
• Cross the tracks.
• If the transmission is manual, do not shift
   gears until you are clear of the last track.

Discipline and problem
solving

• You are not only responsible for the
   safety of your passengers, but also
   for dealing with their behaviour while
   they are in the bus. Many discipline
   problems are also safety problems
   and should be handled quickly and
   efficiently. Remember, regardless of
   any problems that you may have with a
   student, you cannot unload the student
   at any place other than the student’s
   normal destination. Only the school
   administration may remove or prohibit a
   student from riding a school bus.

Safe driving guidelines

• The maximum speed limit for a loaded
   or unloaded school bus, under ideal
   conditions, is 90 km/h or the posted
   speed limit, whichever is lower.
• Do not try to make up lost time by
   travelling faster than is reasonable for
   road conditions or the law allows. 

• When following another vehicle, always
   allow enough of a space cushion. Use
   the four-second following rule and
   increase this distance when the road or
   weather conditions are poor or when it
   is difficult to see.
• Make sure all students are seated and
   remain seated while the bus is moving.
   Everyone must enter or leave the bus
   by  the front door. The rear door, by law,
   should not be used unless there is an
   emergency. You and your passengers
   should know about the emergency
   exits, emergency equipment and
   evacuation procedures.
• All doors must be closed when the bus
   is moving.
• When moving away from the curb,
   use caution, as you do not have the
   right-of-way.
• When crossing a highway, do not
   proceed until the traffic is clear in
   both directions.
• Never refuel a bus with passengers
   aboard.
• Establish a good relationship with your
   passengers. Your job will be easier
   and more enjoyable.
• At the beginning of the school year it is
   a good idea to hold an evacuation drill
   with everyone who rides the bus. This
   way, the passengers will know what to
   do in case of a real emergency. Hold the
   drill in a safe traffic-free area on, or next
   to the school property. Work with the
   school administration to set up the drill.
• There are three standard methods to
   evacuate the bus, although other ways
   can be used in extreme situations. The
   three methods are: the front exit, the
   rear exit and the front and rear exit at
   the same time. In a real situation, you
 
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