CINCINNATI— February 2014 marks the American School Bus Council’s (ASBC) ‘Love the Bus’ program. First Student, the largest provider of school transportation, joins the ASBC in its annual campaign to raise awareness of school bus safety and recognize the millions of drivers who transport students to and from school each day.
School buses remain one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are approximately 13 times safer than passenger cars and nearly 10 times safer than walking or biking to school.
First Student continues to add features to help to make school buses even safer. These include onboard cameras, crossing gates to ensure children cross in front of the bus at a safe distance, GPS systems which provide the location and speed of buses at any given time, and Child Check-Mate, an electronic reminder designed to ensure students are not left unattended on a bus.
All First Student drivers receive more than 40 hours of training before driving a bus for the company. This includes behind-the-wheel, classroom and safety orientation training on such topics as bus safety and student behavioral management.
More than 26 million students ride school buses daily, and the advanced safety features of school buses – as well as each driver’s commitment to keeping students safe - make it easy to love the bus.