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On the School Bus

Running Safe and Comfortable

What will you learn in this lesson?

  1. How bus operators monitor vehicle interiors to keep passengers safe and comfortable.

Comfort Aboard

Natasha tells me that we'll have to drive about 10 km before she reaches the route and that we'd better get going if we want to keep up with the schedule. So off we go. I look around and the one thing I don't see are any seatbelts. I ask, "How come there are no seatbelts. These are kids right? Shouldn't they be belted in?"

"Most people ask that question. Research shows that kids may actually not be as safe wearing belts because the kids are all sizes and who would keep adjusting all those belts. So you know what? It's the design of the bus that keeps the kids safe. See those high backs on the seats? Those help, as well as the kinds of materials the seats are made of and those seats are really bolted down - they're not going anywhere. The other thing is that the bus is designed in compartments so that shocks are absorbed better."

While I listen to Natasha's explanation I see her checking all the climate controls and adjusting them to the way she wants them. Pretty soon the bus is warm and cozy. It's cold outside this morning with a skiff of snow with what looks like more on the way.

Passenger Safety and Comfort

Bus operators want their passengers to be safe but comfortable too. They may ask their passengers if they are warm enough, or if the bus is too hot. They will monitor that the lighting is sufficient. They watch to make sure seating areas are hazard-free. And they try to give passengers a comfortable ride.

Accessible Services Sector

Urban Transit Sector


Lesson Activities

  1. Test yourself on passenger safety and comfort.

Next: Safety & Comfort Self-Test