Driving Safety - September 2018 EditionDriving safety is a key exposure for school districts/ESU’s, and even though this topic is covered rather often, ALICAP would like to stress drivers safety again. Whether the school vehicle is driven by the traditional school bus driver or a special education teacher or a cheerleading sponsor or a maintenance worker, it doesn’t matter, all employee types need driving safety training.
Below are some driving safety notes and reminders to help get everyone started: Drivers should be reminded to....▪ Bring a positive attitude. A positive attitude is key in good defensive driving.▪ Always wear your seatbelt.▪ Clear the dashboard.▪ Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.▪ Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.▪ NOT eat while driving.▪ NOT use a cell phone while driving.▪ If there are student passengers and they begin to get out of hand, safely pull over, and then handle the situation. Do not argue or attempt to handle the situation while driving.▪ Reduce speed when visibility is of concern, and also use your headlights to help others better see you. Conditions may include snow, fog, frost or even bright sun.▪ Be clear with all student passengers on the rules of the vehicle.
Passenger Rules need to be enforced for the safety of the driver and the safety of each passenger. Below are some suggested passenger rules. Passengers should be reminded to....1. Be on time. 2. Never run to or from the vehicle or bus. 3. Stand back from the curb until the vehicle or bus is stopped. 4. Never push or shove. 5. Stay in your seat. 6. NOT to yell or shout. 7. Keep all body parts in the vehicle at all times. 8. Always obey the driver. 9. Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing. 10. Always look both ways before crossing the street, and always use the crosswalk.
11. And if you drop something while you are outside of the vehicle, never go pick it up, ask an adult for help.

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Mr. Mack