1. In addition to checking for spare electrical fuses, three red reflective triangles, and a properly charged and rated fire extinguisher, school bus drivers must also inspect the following emergency equipment:
- three red burning flares, safety belts in all seats.
- three red burning flares, a nine-item first-aid kit.
- three flares of any type and isopropyl alcohol.
2. A school bus driver must also check the alternately flashing amber lights indicator, if equipped, the alternately flashing red lights indicator and the strobe light indicator, if equipped.
3. School bus drivers must also check the following external lights and reflectors:
- strobe light, if equipped, stop arm light, if equipped.
- alternately flashing amber lights, if equipped.
- alternately flashing red lights.
- all of the above.
4. If equipped, check the stop arm to see that it is mounted securely to the left front window of the school bus.
5. Check that the entry door is not damaged and:
- operates smoothly and closes securely from the inside.
- operates smoothly and closes securely from the outside.
- operates smoothly and closes securely from a remote location.
6. Should the hand rails and stop light be checked during a pre-trip inspection?
7. On a pre-trip inspection for a bus, the passenger/entry should be checked for:
- door operation, hand and foot rails and handicap lift.
- door operation, hand rails, entry step condition and brake condition.
- door operation, hand rails, entry step condition and handicap lift if equipped.
8. When checking a handicap lift the things that you should look for are:
- leaking, damaged or missing wheel chairs.
- leaking, damaged, or missing parts and explain how lift should be checked for correct operation. Lift must be fully retracted and latched.
- leaking, damaged, or missing parts and explain how lift should be checked for correct operation. Lift must be 25 percent retracted and latched.
9. Make sure that all emergency exits are not damaged, operate smoothly and close securely from the outside.
10. Check all emergency exits and show that:
- they are not damaged, operate smoothly, and close securely from the inside and the warning devices are working.
- they are damaged, operate smoothly and close securely and exit warning devices are working.
- all devices inside and outside of bus are operating in unison.
11. During the pre-trip inspection you should check for broken seat frames and check that seat frames are firmly attached to the floor.
12. Should you check passenger exit mirrors?
13. During the external inspection of a Coach or Transit Bus a check should be made to see that:
- the vehicle is sitting level (side to side) and if air-equipped check for water leakage.
- the vehicle is not sitting level and if air equipped check for audible air leaks from the suspension system.
- the vehicle is sitting level (front and rear) and if air-equipped, check for audible air leaks from the suspension system.
14. A compartment check includes:
- checking that baggage and all other exterior compartment doors are not damaged, operate properly and latch securely.
- checking that all compartment doors are painted in coordinating colors.
- checking that everyone has brought baggage.
15. A battery/box check is important. The battery must be secure, connections must be tight and cell caps must be present. In addition these items should be checked:
- battery connections should show signs of excessive wear.
- battery connections should not show signs of excessive corrosion, but the battery box and cover or door is unimportant.
- battery connections should not show signs of excessive corrosion and the battery box and cover or door should not be damaged and should be secure.
by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: November 27, 2018