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Prepare For The School Bus Portion Of Your CDL Written Exams

School Bus Questions

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Monitoring passenger activity inside the bus is done mainly using:
  • The overhead inside rearview mirror
  • The outside left and right flat mirrors
  • The outside convex mirrors
  • The outside crossover mirrors
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From The CDL Manual

10.1.6 – Overhead Inside Rearview Mirror

This mirror is mounted directly above the windshield on the driver’s side area of the bus. This mirror is used to monitor passenger activity inside the bus. It may provide limited visibility directly in back of the bus if the bus is equipped with 126 Figure 10.3 a glass-bottomed rear emergency door.

There is a blind spot area directly behind the driver’s seat as well as a large blind spot area that begins at the rear bumper and could extend up to 400 feet or more behind the bus. You must use the exterior side mirrors to monitor traffic that approaches and enters this area.

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The overhead inside rearview mirror should not be used as a primary means to monitor the area behind the bus because:
  • There is a large blind spot behind the bus of up to 400 feet
  • Limited visibility, even with a glass-bottomed rear door
  • All of these are limitations of the inside rearview mirror
  • It is designed to monitor inside passenger activity
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From The CDL Manual

10.1.6 – Overhead Inside Rearview Mirror

This mirror is mounted directly above the windshield on the driver’s side area of the bus. This mirror is used to monitor passenger activity inside the bus. It may provide limited visibility directly in back of the bus if the bus is equipped with 126 Figure 10.3 a glass-bottomed rear emergency door.

There is a blind spot area directly behind the driver’s seat as well as a large blind spot area that begins at the rear bumper and could extend up to 400 feet or more behind the bus. You must use the exterior side mirrors to monitor traffic that approaches and enters this area.

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More than actually riding on the bus, what is a greater danger to students:
  • Walking out their front door
  • Loading and unloading
  • Poisonous fumes
  • Unknown assailants
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From The CDL Manual

10.2 – Loading and Unloading

More students are killed while getting on or off a school bus each year than are killed as passengers inside of a school bus.

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Official routes and school bus stops are established by:
  • School districts
  • The state
  • The driver
  • Town or village board
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From The CDL Manual

10.2.1 – Approaching the Stop

Each school district establishes official routes and official school bus stops. All stops should be approved by the school district prior to making the stop. You should never change the location of a bus stop without written approval from the appropriate school district official.

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When approaching the stop, all of the following apply except:
  • Move left so as to block traffic in both directons
  • Move as far to the right as possible
  • Activate amber warning lights at least 100 feet in advance
  • Approach slowly and cautiously
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From The CDL Manual

When approaching the stop, you should:

  • Approach cautiously at a slow rate of speed.
  • Look for pedestrians, traffic or other objects before, during and after coming to a stop.
  • Continuously check all mirrors.
  • If the school bus is so equipped, activate alternating flashing amber warning lights at least 200 feet (100 in an urban area) or approximately five to 10 seconds before the school bus stop or in accordance with state law.
  • Turn on right turn signal indicator about 100-300 feet or approximately three to five seconds before pulling over.
  • Continuously check mirrors to monitor the danger zones for students, traffic and other objects.
  • Move as far as possible to the right on the traveled portion of the roadway.
  • When stopping you should:
    • - Bring school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least 10 feet away from students at the designated stop. This forces the students to walk to the bus so you have a better view of their movements.
    • - Place transmission in Park or if there is no Park shift point, place in Neutral and set the parking brake at each stop.
    • - Activate alternating red lights when traffic is a safe distance from the school bus and ensure stop arm is extended.
    • - Make a final check to see that all traffic has stopped before completely opening the door and signaling students to approach.
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When stopping, you should:
  • Activate alternating red lights
  • Come to a full stop with the front bumper at least 20 feet away from students
  • Make sure that bus is in gear
  • These are all part of the stopping operation
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From The CDL Manual

When approaching the stop, you should:

  • Approach cautiously at a slow rate of speed.
  • Look for pedestrians, traffic or other objects before, during and after coming to a stop.
  • Continuously check all mirrors.
  • If the school bus is so equipped, activate alternating flashing amber warning lights at least 200 feet (100 in an urban area) or approximately five to 10 seconds before the school bus stop or in accordance with state law.
  • Turn on right turn signal indicator about 100-300 feet or approximately three to five seconds before pulling over.
  • Continuously check mirrors to monitor the danger zones for students, traffic and other objects.
  • Move as far as possible to the right on the traveled portion of the roadway.
  • When stopping you should:
    • - Bring school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least 10 feet away from students at the designated stop. This forces the students to walk to the bus so you have a better view of their movements.
    • - Place transmission in Park or if there is no Park shift point, place in Neutral and set the parking brake at each stop.
    • - Activate alternating red lights when traffic is a safe distance from the school bus and ensure stop arm is extended.
    • - Make a final check to see that all traffic has stopped before completely opening the door and signaling students to approach.
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When stopping, bus transmission should be:
  • In Park, or Neutral if applicable
  • In any gear
  • In the lowest gear
  • In reverse
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From The CDL Manual

When approaching the stop, you should:

  • Approach cautiously at a slow rate of speed.
  • Look for pedestrians, traffic or other objects before, during and after coming to a stop.
  • Continuously check all mirrors.
  • If the school bus is so equipped, activate alternating flashing amber warning lights at least 200 feet (100 in an urban area) or approximately five to 10 seconds before the school bus stop or in accordance with state law.
  • Turn on right turn signal indicator about 100-300 feet or approximately three to five seconds before pulling over.
  • Continuously check mirrors to monitor the danger zones for students, traffic and other objects.
  • Move as far as possible to the right on the traveled portion of the roadway.
  • When stopping you should:
    • - Bring school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least 10 feet away from students at the designated stop. This forces the students to walk to the bus so you have a better view of their movements.
    • - Place transmission in Park or if there is no Park shift point, place in Neutral and set the parking brake at each stop.
    • - Activate alternating red lights when traffic is a safe distance from the school bus and ensure stop arm is extended.
    • - Make a final check to see that all traffic has stopped before completely opening the door and signaling students to approach.
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When loading, students should board when?
  • They get parental permission
  • The driver gives the signal
  • The student in front gives the all clear
  • The door opens
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From The CDL Manual

10.2.2 – Loading Procedures

  • Perform a safe stop as described in Subsection 10.2.1.
  • Students should wait in a designated location for the school bus, facing the bus as it approaches.
  • Students should board the bus only when signaled by the driver.
  • Monitor all mirrors continuously.
  • Count the number of students at the bus stop and be sure all board the bus. If possible, know names of students at each stop. If there is a student missing, ask the other students where the student is.
  • Have the students board the school bus slowly, in single file and use the handrail. The dome light should be on while loading in the dark.
  • Wait until students are seated and facing forward before moving the bus.
  • Check all mirrors. Make certain no one is running to catch the bus.
  • If you cannot account for a student outside, secure the bus, take the key and check around and underneath the bus.
  • When all students are accounted for, prepare to leave by:
    • — Closing the door.
    • — Engaging the transmission.
    • — Releasing the parking brake.
    • — Turning off alternating flashing red lights.
    • — Turning on left turn signal.
    • — Checking all mirrors again.
    • — Allowing congested traffic to disperse.
  • When it is safe, move the bus to enter traffic flow and continue the route.
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When loading, drivers should:
  • Count the students at the stop, and verify while boarding
  • Check mirrors constantly
  • The driver should make sure all of these things are done
  • Not move the bus until all students are seated and facing forward
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From The CDL Manual

10.2.2 – Loading Procedures

  • Perform a safe stop as described in Subsection 10.2.1.
  • Students should wait in a designated location for the school bus, facing the bus as it approaches.
  • Students should board the bus only when signaled by the driver.
  • Monitor all mirrors continuously.
  • Count the number of students at the bus stop and be sure all board the bus. If possible, know names of students at each stop. If there is a student missing, ask the other students where the student is.
  • Have the students board the school bus slowly, in single file and use the handrail. The dome light should be on while loading in the dark.
  • Wait until students are seated and facing forward before moving the bus.
  • Check all mirrors. Make certain no one is running to catch the bus.
  • If you cannot account for a student outside, secure the bus, take the key and check around and underneath the bus.
  • When all students are accounted for, prepare to leave by:
    • — Closing the door.
    • — Engaging the transmission.
    • — Releasing the parking brake.
    • — Turning off alternating flashing red lights.
    • — Turning on left turn signal.
    • — Checking all mirrors again.
    • — Allowing congested traffic to disperse.
  • When it is safe, move the bus to enter traffic flow and continue the route.
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When loading students at the school:
  • Transmission should be in drive
  • Leave the engine running
  • Turn the ignition off
  • Park as far away as possible
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From The CDL Manual

The loading procedure is essentially the same wherever you load students, but there are slight differences. When students are loading at the school campus, you should:

  • Turn off the ignition switch.
  • Remove key if leaving driver’s compartment.
  • Position yourself to supervise loading as required or recommended by your state or local regulations.
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