random school bus fact/articles


A local news station is doing a series on the DC area’s “rush hour rebels.” who do whatever they can to beat the traffic.

http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0210/704037.html?ref=n8

“A national report last year named Washington traffic congestion the second worst in the country–only L.A. is worse — and we’ve seen enough traffic reports to know we spend an average of 62 hours a year stuck in delays.”

http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0210/704044.html?ref=n8

“HOV violators are nothing new, but people are astounded by the sheer audacity of it all. Just last week in New Jersey, a woman was ticketed for driving with a mannequin in the front seat. Many drivers say they’ve seen even worse.

Leesburg commuter David Clark says he’s “seen teddy bears, balloons with hats.”

It’s hilarious to see what people do just to shave a few minutes off the commute! I’m so glad I do not have to deal with a long commute to get to work or have to drive a long distance in the school bus (like some of my collegues do.) I don’t think I could take it everyday!

I’m with the folks who take an alternate route. If I can avoid sitting in traffic, I will. But sometimes, that’s not possible, and patience has to come into play. It’s not worth it, in my opinion, to put yourself at risk for an accident to go to work if you can take a day off. Some people just need to sit still for a little while and chill out. But, people are still being bold in this weather and many accidents are happening because of it.

I will try to keep up with the series so I can post the links here.

This came to my attention when this was posted on a message board I frequent.

http://fedstv.com/Video/Caught-On-Tape—14-Year-Old-Lil-Girl-Loads-Gun-And-Waves-it-Recklessly-On-School-Bus-.aspx?bcmediaid=dbbafaae-8123-41ce-80d6-0a7b2abaa7f6

http://www.nowpublic.com/sports/kaleb-eulls-high-school-football-star-stops-school-bus-shooting

I’m definitely an advocate for cameras on school buses. I especially need one on my bus. I think some parents are in denial about their children’s behavior and I think it’ll be good for all buses to have them.

It’s unfortunate that she had to bring a gun to school to solve a problem. It’s sad. I’m glad the football player was able to get the gun from her. I hope she gets the help she needs.

http://autos.yahoo.com/articles/autos_content_landing_pages/993/where-the-worst-drivers-live/;_ylc=X3oDMTE5ZmdmcGVkBF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEc2VjA2ZwLXRvZGF5BHNsawN3b3JzdC1kcml2ZXJz

State Rankings
Note: Many states tied for the same position in the rankings.

1 IDAHO
1 WISCONSIN
3 MONTANA
4 KANSAS
5 SOUTH DAKOTA
5 NEBRASKA
7 UTAH
8 WYOMING
8 IOWA
8 OREGON
8 MINNESOTA
12 ALASKA
12 NORTH DAKOTA
14 VERMONT
15 COLORADO
15 MISSOURI
17 OKLAHOMA
17 WASHINGTON
19 NEW MEXICO
20 NORTH CAROLINA
21 VIRGINIA
22 INDIANA
22 MICHIGAN
24 ARKANSAS
24 TEXAS
26 ALABAMA

26 NEVADA
28 WEST VIRGINIA
29 ILLINOIS
30 ARIZONA
31 MAINE
32 DELAWARE
33 NEW HAMPSHIRE
34 OHIO
35 KENTUCKY
36 PENNSYLVANIA
37 LOUISIANA
38 TENNESSEE
38 MISSISSIPPI
40 SOUTH CAROLINA
40 MARYLAND
42 CONNECTICUT
43 FLORIDA
44 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
45 MASSACHUSETTS
46 RHODE ISLAND
47 GEORGIA
48 CALIFORNIA
49 HAWAII
50 NEW JERSEY
51 NEW YORK

I have to deal with these drivers (in bold) everyday! I see why there are ranking at the bottom!

BTW….take the test. Will you pass?

nationaldriverstest.com

Unfortunately, this does happen at my job. The last I heard was that a driver was attacked by a student (I think she had a black eye or some injury to her face.) Most of the time, they don’t remove the student from the bus. I think the would move the driver to another route before they remove the student!

I have not been attacked as a bus driver, but I was attacked as an attendant. (Long story for another post! lol)

This is terrible and should not be tolerated by the school system.

I have not posted in a while, I’ll give an update on some changes that have occurred since my last post. In the meantime, you can view this video I found on YouTube that a school bus driver made that shows who a school bus driver is and what we do. It’s nice!

I know that every job has it’s risks. In the years that I’ve been a bus driver and attendant, I’ve believe some areas of my health has been on decline.

Specifically my lung capacity. Breathing in diesel fumes are no joke.  On my last day before my vacation, the bus I drove was admitting fumes that were very strong. I hope the mechanics got were able to fix that issue. I will refuse to drive it if the fumes are still there.

I find that I get a shortness of breath in certain environments. If there are a lot of people around me, I can lose my breath easily. The buses are on and running when it’s hot outside (for the air conditioning) and in the winter (for the heat). It is unavoidable to breathe in the fumes.

I also deal with what I call a “repetitive disorder.” Since I have to constantly stop and go, my (right)  knee gets a beating.  Some buses have different distances from the brake pedal to the gas pedal. Some are more farther away or more closer together. I don’t know which one I prefer, but I do know both affect me. Sometimes my knee or foot cramps up on me while I’m driving and it’s not pretty. Sometimes, my right hand cramps up on me as well. (from gripping the steering wheel.)

I try my best to stretch and do exercise so I can make up for the effects of the diesel and the knee/foot pain.

This article lists some of the common ailments bus drivers experience:

http://www.aft.org/topics/health-safety/psrp/work-hurt/bus.htm

School bus drivers face a host of ergonomic hazards that can add up to serious trouble. For instance:

  • Driving a bus is, for the most part, sedentary. Prolonged sitting puts an enormous strain on the disks of the spine–they become compressed and are deprived of nutrients and oxygen.
  • Drivers are exposed to whole body vibration, which shakes and strains the disks of the spine.
  • Seats on school buses are poorly designed and do not provide adequate support.
  • Controls on school buses often require the driver to make strenuous movements to operate.
  • Design of the controls requires excessive twisting of the upper body and head.
  • Manually transferring children with disabilities to and from buses and vans places additional stress on the lower back, shoulders and neck.

The most prevalent musculoskeletal complaint of bus drivers is chronic lower back pain caused by prolonged sitting, vibration, and/or lifting disabled students. Studies of bus drivers have shown that up to 50 percent of them complain of pain, and that lower back pain starts early in a bus driver’s career. This pain is a sign that the driver is at risk of developing serious disk problems.

Other musculoskeletal problems also can follow or appear on their own.

  • Sciatica. An intense shooting pain from the lower spine down the leg caused by lower back disk compression of a nerve. Poor seats that aren’t easily adjustable can add to the risk of sciatica. Women drivers are at risk for this ailment because seats are designed for men.
  • Neck and Shoulder Injuries. Neck and shoulder pain also are a result of forceful handling of controls and excessive twisting of neck and shoulders during driving.
  • Circulatory Problems. Circulation problems may develop in legs and hands.

HEALTHY HINTS FOR BUS DRIVERS

  • Try to become as physically active as possible.  Consult your doctor about the best program for you.  Aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming and biking can significantly increase the oxygen, water and nutrient supply to your back disks.  Exercise will help the disks recover from the restriction of those essential supplies during prolonged sitting.
  • Stand and do mild stretches whenever you get an opportunity.
  • Modify the force applied to controls (door, brake, etc.) to take some of the strain off your back.
  • Try to modify your seat with such things as lumbar pillows to provide support for your lower back.
  • Always try to get help lifting students and assisting them with their belongings.

Woo-hooo!!!

My vacation officially started on yesterday evening at around 4:30pm! I look forward to all the vacations, days off, that come. I try to take advantage of them.

The last couple of weeks with my new group of children has been interesting. It’s been better than I thought. It’s a blessing to have a ‘united front’ (two people who are working together on the same page). I’m speaking of myself and my attendant.  I know how it is like to work with someone who has a different approach on discipline.

Part of my job as a bus driver is to back up the attendant in the area of discipline (while the kids are riding on the bus). I have worked with some bus attendants who don’t really care about how the kids act and in times past figured that “they should be old enough to know better.” Huh? As long as they are on the bus (they are on there for a purpose…), you are supposed to ‘do your job.’

So, it’s most definitely a blessing to work with my attendant now. Since we are both believers, we work together well. There is a peace on the bus because she does her part and if she needs my help, I can back her up. It’s not just all me.

So, with that said, Have a Merry Christmas!

“A Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

Jesus’ sinless life, willing death and powerful resurrection paid the ransom for our lives.

This is the truth the apostles preached: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

This is the truth of Christmas.” (This is taken from an email devotional).

God Bless!

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