It’s August, and school districts across the country have been conducting their annual training sessions for new and returning school bus drivers. School bus drivers have a big responsibility – safely transporting the nation’s millions of school-aged students to and from school each day.
Every intersection that school bus drivers navigate presents a potential risk; drivers whose routes cross railroad tracks must follow special rules to ensure a safe passage. To help school bus drivers do their job, Operation Lifesaver offers a number of training tools to teach safe procedures for navigating highway-rail grade crossings along their routes.
In addition to free training materials for school bus drivers, like our Safely Manage Your Route to School poster and safety tips for bus drivers, Operation Lifesaver has the Decide Smart, Arrive Safe drivers’ guide and video (preview), which also comes with an instructor’s guide.
Operation Lifesaver's School Bus Driver e-Learning Program is an interactive online experience for public and private school bus drivers. This FREE program is designed to bring attention to choices a driver must make around tracks and trains. So hop into the driver's seat of the school bus and progress through a series of scenarios that build knowledge of railroad crossing safety. Bus drivers can visit http://oli.org/schoolbusdriver to start their safety journey.
Our trained volunteers also use a computer-based game in their training sessions with school bus drivers. The "Money Taxi" game is similar to a TV quiz show, but instead of taxicab passengers, school bus drivers compete to answer questions related to safety at highway-rail intersections, making it easy – and fun – to learn safe driving practices. The tool can be used by a single player or as a challenge between teams.
The newest resource in our suite of materials for school bus drivers is a poster that was developed as part of Operation Lifesaver’s national “See Tracks? Think Train!” public awareness campaign. We urge school districts to download this free poster and make it available to their school bus driver trainers.
To all of the dedicated school bus drivers out there, thank you for your amazing efforts to transport our nation’s most precious cargo and for remembering this simple phrase on your daily routes: See Tracks? Think Train!