“It’s not just a job. It’s a service. You do it because you care about the students you haul,” said Pat Holley, Trojan Transportation bus driver.
As the New Year is approaching, the Troy Area School District bus drivers are prepping for another year of driving.
“It’s an adventure everyday. Whether it’s the slippery roads in the winter to the bloody nose in seat nine,” said Holley.
Thinking about the upcoming winter months, and potentially bad roads, can become stressful for bus drivers. If students can incorporate their bus safety skills, it will be a more safe and enjoyable year of bus rides for everyone.
According to the National Safety Council, “School buses are the safest way for students to travel.”
Students can make a difference in the safety of others while on the bus. Things like loud noise, quick movements, and cluttered aisles can become distracting to the bus drivers.
In order to reduce the distractions, bus riders can properly sit in their seats, keep all of their belongings close to them, and talk quietly with the students around them instead of yelling.
Even though these simple bus rules may seem repetitive and well known, it can help bus drivers remain more focused on the road.
“It really is by no means an easy job,” explained driver Luanne Kriner.
Driver Angie Kenyon agreed with Kriner and said that as bus drivers they “are a referee, comforter, disciplinarian, protector, teacher, judge, listener and explainer.”
“We make sure our children are sitting safely,” continued Kenyon. “All while we are driving a big vehicle and watching our surroundings and the road.”
A while back, driver Shawn Bruce encountered a scary situation. When he arrived to a stop, a student was missing. He quickly radioed the other drivers and the director to see if they had the whereabouts of the student. Thankfully, the student had just accidentally stepped onto the wrong bus.
“When that boy came into my sight and the tears rolled down my cheeks I knew then why I do this job,” said Bruce. “My students are very dear to me.”