Must have safety features in a school bus
When purchasing a used school bus, there are must have safety features in a school bus. Safety is of huge importance. And here are a few safety features that are a must-have in your school bus. If they are not available in a used school bus for sale, give some serious thought about adding these features after your purchase.
1. A high degree of visibility
Your school bus should have a high degree of visibility. They have to stand out amongst pedestrians and motorists. That is the reason why they are painted bright yellow. Make sure the bus has the extended stop arms that pops-ups when the school bus stops, which will notify others that the children are wither boarding or alighting from it.
The drivers also have to clearly see the roads, making sure the windshields are clean and well visible.
2. Advanced GPS system and features
Your bus has to have advanced geolocation features that help the driver by indicating the exact speed, location, etc. This helps the driver follow the planned route and stay within the speed limit, and avoid any unforeseen hazards.
3. Anchored seats for the children
The seats on the school bus have to be designed to be well anchored in place. They should have extra padding to avoid injuries. The seats should have high backs, which are design to be firm and not move from their place in the event of a Collison or crash.
4. Child Check-Mate System
The CHILD Check Mate system is an electronic system that reminds the driver to check the bus to see if there are any children that have fallen asleep, during the drive so they don’t miss their designated stops.
5. First aid boxes
Having a first aid box is essential and would be very helpful in accidents and injuries.
6. Fire extinguisher installation
Fires can break out anytime in a school bus, and fire extinguishers should be installed on the school bus in multiple locations. Regular inspection and maintenance of the school bus will reduce the probability of a fire occurring because any potential fire hazard will be seen and fixed.
Fire suppression systems should also be employed, which will activate certain fire extinguishing features once a set temperature has been reached. Heat sensors should also be installed to monitor any abnormal temperature rise.
7. Compartmentalization design
School buses should use the compartmentalization design. Unlike other vehicles, the compartmentalization design helps spread the forces generated due to crashes or collisions in a different way than traditional vehicles. These buses feature seats that are designed to absorb energy and are closely spaced. These help keep the children safe.
8. CCTV inside buses
Real-time monitoring with CCTV cameras in buses will help prevent accidents and incidents and will be very useful to help reconstruct the events leading to an incident. This reduces the bad behaviors of students, drivers, and others.
9. Placement of mirrors on the school bus
Properly placed mirrors in a school bus will enable the driver to see other motorists, objects, and students near or inside the bus. The mirrors should comply with motor safety standards. Theses 7 mirrors are advised for use in a school bus
- Top-left glass mirror
- Right convex mirror
- Left convex mirror
- Left cross-view mirror
- Right cross-view mirror
- Top Right flat glass mirror
- Rear-view mirror (Interior)
10. Windows and horizontal bars
The windows should be fitted with horizontal bars to prevent students from putting their heads, hands, or any objects out through the window,
11. Emergency exits
All school buses should have multiple emergencies exist in case there is need for a quick exit, where time is of the essence.
12. Locks for school bus doors
The school bus doors should securely lock when the bus is in motion. Locks should come from trusted manufactures.
13. Lettering on the bus
The words “School Bus” must be painted on a school bus, in big, bold and easy to read sizes, that conform to safety standards. The telephone number of the bus should also be written.
These must have safety features in a school bus are essential. Safety features should help provide the safest school bus ride to the children.