Sandy Creek bus drivers and mechanics take safety very seriously and their department operates at the highest safety standards in the country.
Drivers are required to do a pre-trip inspection on each bus they use every day and some drivers use three or four different buses in a single day.
Some of the items included in a pre-trip inspection are: bus lights (warning lights, student loading lights, marker lights, destination sign lights, headlights, tail and brake lights, back up lights, etc.), check mirrors for damage and adjustment, brakes, gauges, tires, up-to-date inspection sticker, heaters and fans, horn, emergency equipment, emergency exits, two-way radio, and more.
The drivers also perform post-trip inspections inside the bus following their drive, as well as a post-trip inspection outside.
Sandy Creek head mechanic Ed Hess and Greg Shippee, mechanic’s helper, are responsible for making sure all buses comply with New York State Department Of Transportation (NYSDOT) regulations.
They have met the NYSDOT goal of having less than 10% of Out of Service vehicles and the department continues to maintain the highest safety standards, thanks to the great job these two gentlemen do.
New driver trainees must learn everything from the pre-trip inspection to driving the district’s 35-foot buses in city traffic and on snow-covered roads as well as backing, parallel parking and loading and discharging students.
Once a trainee passes a CDL road test, they must also pass a district road test, a written test and a physical performance test. Every CDL driver with a passenger and school bus endorsement must also re-take these performance tests every other year. A defensive observation & physical exam must be done every year. A 30-hour basic course of instruction must be completed within the first year of obtaining a CDL license with a passenger and school bus endorsement.
Every driver must have two mandatory two-hour trainings every year, one between July 1 and October 30 and the second between December 1 and May 1.
Drivers must comply with many more New York State Laws and Regulations.
And according to Robin Cashel, district transportation supervisor, “Our Sandy Creek Central School District drivers are the best in the business!”