CINCINNATI (January 3, 2012) – The new year is a perfect time for drivers to remember the importance of safety on our nation's roadways, especially as winter weather impacts roads across the country. At First Student, North America's largest provider of student transportation, school bus drivers are trained and prepared for the travel challenges that accompany the harsh winter months.
Every year, First Student's more than 50,000 bus drivers complete advanced training on adverse weather driving including snow, ice, rain and fog so they are prepared for the challenges of every climate. “Each of our drivers is trained specifically to handle slippery roads to help ensure students are safe throughout the more challenging driving months,” said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of Safety, First Student.
The safety of children on the school bus depends not only on the bus driver, but others on the road as well. First Student offers the following winter safety tips to motorists and parents:
First Student, Inc. - a division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America - is the leader in safe, reliable, sustainable transportation and the largest provider of student transportation services in North America. The company safely transports approximately 6 million students every day in the US and Canada, using a fleet of 54,000 buses. The safety and security of its passengers is the company's core value, and in 2009 FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council's prestigious Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. For more information, please visit www.firststudentinc.com or follow the company on Facebook (facebook.com/FirstStudent) and Twitter (@FirstStudentInc).