Stay Safe When Sharing the Road With School Buses

Stay Safe When Sharing the Road With School Buses

With summer vacation over and buses hitting the roads again to shuttle kids back to school, here at Las Vegas Bus Sales we thought it might be a good idea to go over some safety tips for sharing the road with school buses.

Safety Starts With Preparedness

When you’re sharing the road with a school bus, you should always be prepared to make sudden stops and turns.

Make sure to give the bus plenty of space; increase your normal following distance significantly, and pay attention to the bus’s turn signals.

When you see a bus unload kids, take your time re-accelerating. Wait to make sure you know exactly where those kids are going before you drive away. You don’t want one of them to make a sudden turn into the street with your foot already on the gas pedal. Give the kids plenty of time to walk to where they need to be, and wait for the bus driver’s signal. The bus driver usually knows where the kids are supposed to be, so they’ll give them enough time to get there with the bus’s stoplights flashing before driving away.

School buses are required to come to a full stop at railroad tracks, so keep that in mind.

You should also remember that school buses tend to travel at slower speeds in the mornings and afternoons, since they’re usually packed with kids.

Keep in mind that the large size of a school bus gives you limited visibility around it.

Follow the bus’s lead: when the stop sign is out and the lights are flashing, stop, whether you are in front of the bus, or driving in opposing traffic.

If you’re at an intersection, it’s best to wait and let the bus make its move first before you drive on.

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In Hawaii, Old Buses Will Become Mobile Homeless Shelters

In Hawaii, Old Buses Will Become Mobile Homeless Shelters

Honolulu has a homelessness problem, and state officials are tackling it in an unconventional and extremely resourceful way.

With the help of architecture firm Group 70 International, the state plans to retrofit a fleet of retired city buses and deploy them as roving homeless shelters throughout Honolulu.

Each bus will serve a different purpose; one will house showers, while another will provide sleeping quarters for the homeless population in the city. The buses will require extensive renovations in order to convert them from transit vehicles to comfortable living spaces. They are all in good working order, but have been retired from regular service due to high mileage.

Group 70 International hopes to have at least three buses completed by the end of the summer. They’re also seeking partnership with a non-profit organization in order to expand the scope of the plan. In total, the city of Honolulu has agreed to donate about 70 buses to the project.

When you hear about projects like this, you can’t help but think about the thousands of other public transit vehicles that have outlived their careers, but not their usefulness.

These days, people are finding all kinds of creative ways to put retired buses back to work; from food trucks, to camping vehicles, to homeless shelters.

At Las Vegas Bus Sales, we’re doing our part to make sure that used buses don’t go to waste. Whether you need a vehicle to add to your fleet, or a bus to turn into something entirely new, we carry a diverse selection of used options to suit the needs of all of our customers.

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