District drivers hone bus skills
Being a school bus driver is no job for the faint of heart. Not only does it require patience and diplomacy dealing with 60 or more boisterous, rambunctious and sometimes mischievous youngsters inside the bus, it also requires a keen focus on just what is happening in front, in back and around the eight-ft wide, 40-ft long vehicle.
In the Box Elder School District, 90 buses are manned by 130 different bus drivers as they traverse nearly 8,000 miles a day over 281 routes county-wide, hauling over 7,000 students to and from their schools. Covering so many miles while hauling so many passengers daily means the potential for an accident is enormous.
To minimize that danger, all 130 drivers spent time last week testing their driving skills as part of a state-mandated annual training. The focus of the exercise, according to Vicky Dean and Keevin Nelson, both trainers with the district, is to teach drivers the importance of relying on the five mirrors located in and on every school bus to navigate safely.
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