As a bus driver, safety management is important. Although a breakdown of a car can be a hassle for the driver, a bus breakdown is a much bigger issue, with so many people counting on buses for their everyday transportation. Some breakdowns are the result of drivers not completing their pre-operational checks on the vehicle. These can be easily avoided by making sure that the pre-departure check is completed every time you take a vehicle out of the depot.
Prior to leaving the yard, drivers should do an inspection on the following:
It is also vital to be vigilant regarding the bus before, during and after any trips. An unnoticed problem could cause a breakdown or lead yourself to a position where others are in a precarious position. To avoid frustrating breakdowns and serious accidents, bus maintenance is critical.
4 safety service tips to avoid a bus breakdown
What are some safety tips I can follow if my bus breaks down?
Taking regular care of your bus will prolong its life and avoid breakdowns. Frequent checks will help you identify problems before they occur. For your safety, it is always great to ensure that you do what you can as a bus driver to contribute to the monitoring and upkeep of your bus. This will prepare you in the event of a breakdown as you never know when an inconvenient moment will strike.
It is also helpful to have a breakdown safety kit with medical supplies and other items such as a torch, safety vest, warning lights and a first aid kit should an emergency require the use of these items.
If you are in the position where your bus has broken down, here are some vehicle breakdown safety tips you should follow:
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