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On the Urban Transit Route

Checking the Vehicle

What will you learn in this lesson?

  1. How a bus operator checks the vehicle

Checking it Twice

As we walk quickly toward the bus Jim says, "there's our bus, look under the engine area and do a preliminary check for evidence of oil leaks. I will give it a thorough check as I do the Pre Trip inspection" I don't see anything but Jim says they've been having some trouble with some of the models leaking oil. I ask," how much do you have to know about the engine?

"Not much at all, the maintenance shop is really good at keeping our vehicles in prime shape." Jim moves efficiently, circling the vehicle with the pre-trip inspection form in hand. The procedure seems lengthy to me but his practiced eye makes it both detailed and time efficient. As he starts the bus up, I notice him listening to the engine as he monitors an array of systems dials and gauges; and tests the various indicator lights and monitoring systems. He then walks down the aisle to the right and the left for all the detail that will affirm the passenger area of the bus is fit and safe service. "Okay," Jim says, "sit right over there." He adjusts his seat and the mirrors. The bus moves out of the garage. We're on the road.

Before getting on the road, various regulatory bodies e.g. Federal, Provincial, and in some cases municipal and employer regulations and employers, policies, require that the bus operator must complete a pre-trip inspection. This takes 5 steps.


Inspect yourself


Inspect the vehicle


Start the vehicle


Check the systems


Personalize the driving area

Lesson Activities

In this lesson, you will:

  1. See what is involved in a vehicle inspection through viewing a generic Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Form (PDF file).  Note that an outside inspection is usually done with a "Z" pattern.
  2. Learn how using mirrors correctly is key to safe operations.


Next: Mirrors