One aspect of safe and responsible bus driving is communication, specifically communicating with other drivers on the road. In order to safely communicate with other drivers, you will need to use the tools available to you, such as turn signals, headlights, and hazards, to alert drivers sharing the road that you plan to make a move or change course. It is important to understand the tools and signals available to use, so that you can not only use your vehicle’s tools correctly, but also so you know what to do when you see someone else using theirs. In order to be safe on the road, you must tell other drivers when you plan to change direction, stop your vehicle, or move to the side of the road.

Safe & Responsible Bus Driving

Most drivers usually use their vehicle’s direction indicators (turn signals) to show when they plan to turn or pull off to the side of the road. Timing is important here; be sure to use your signals in enough time to warn other drivers what you are about to do, but not so much in advance of your move that it is confusing. Turn your signals off as soon as possible once you have completed your turn, if they do not shut off automatically. Make sure you use the MSM/PSL routine at junctions and crossings:

  1. Mirrors: check your mirrors to determine the speed and position of vehicles behind yours
  2. Signal: signal clearly and in good time
  3. Maneuver: use the PSL routine
  4. Position your vehicle correctly
  5. Speed: adjust it as necessary
  6. Look for other traffic

Take your time when merging into traffic. Do not attempt to merge until you can safely join the vehicles already on the road. It is much better to wait a few minutes for a suitable gap than to rush your entry and put yourself, your passengers, and other drivers at risk of a collision. If you encounter train tracks, it is important to know the applicable laws of the state in which you are traveling. In Colorado, the law states that any driver of a motor vehicle approaching a railroad crossing sign shall slow down to a reasonable speed. If required to stop, driver shall stop at the marked stop line. If there is no line, driver shall stop no less than 15 feet nor more than 50 feet from the railroad crossing. The driver of a school bus, or the driver of any vehicle carrying hazardous materials, is required to stop the vehicle, listen, and look before proceeding across railroad tracks.

Always cooperate with other commuters as well. This includes keeping a safe separation between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will allow for ample enough time to stop if immediately necessary and the distance will vary based on:

  1. Speed
  2. Conditions, both weather and road
  3. Vehicle weight
  4. Condition of tires and brakes

Always be prepared for hazards and minimize internal distractions. Being able to identify a hazard quickly will allow more time for you to properly, and safely, react as necessary. Ensure you always have a clear view, are reading all obstacles of the road ahead and are able to minimize any skidding or hydroplaning, depending on road conditions.

At Cornerstone Bus Leasing & Rentals, we offer a multitude of safe bus and shuttle solutions for short-term rentals, long-term leases, and everything in between; all you need to supply is a driver. We offer amenities ranging from beverage stations and custom seating arrangements to custom luggage storage options, audio/visual options, and ADA-compliant vehicles for your traveling comfort and pleasure. We are more than happy to arrange a rental or leasing option that is perfect for your transportation needs, while also making sure that you are prepared with safety tips for the road ahead!

Whether you need a simple one day rental, an entire weekend rental, or even a longer lease, when you want to rent from the very best, you need to reach out to Cornerstone Bus Leasing and Rental via phone at 844-4YOURBUS (844-496-8727), or contact us via email at info@cornerstonebusleasing.com.