Tail Swing and Sideswipe Safety for School Bus Drivers

Why Tail Swing & Sideswipe Safety Training is Important for School Bus Drivers

After looking at data from five different school districts, we found each school’s student transportation department had an average of 25 minor accidents a year, typically related to tail swing or sideswipe.  While most of those preventable accidents involved minor damage to mailboxes or stop signs, each cost around $1,000 to fix.

Stop spending $25,000+ on damages from preventable accidents

It doesn’t take a math whiz to quickly realize the schools I just mentioned are spending an average of $25,000 a year just fixing damages created because school bus drivers forgot the policies that dictate how to safely avoid these preventable accidents.  Yes, you read that right.  Schools are throwing away at least $25,000 a year on school bus drivers who’ve become complacent.  They simply forgot the training they received earlier in the year.  The good news is, we have a solution for you to fix this.

But first, did you know…

Studies show one in six school bus crashes involve personal injury.
While it didn’t take a math whiz to do the last bout of calculations, you may want to ask your school’s attorney how quickly that number could increase if the accident involved a person.  It only takes one tail swing or side swipe accident involving a pedestrian to wrap your district into a personal injury legal nightmare.  The cost for paying out on that can run into the $100,000+ range.

One easy solution to help stop tail swing and sideswipe accidents
When you train a teenager to drive, you practice skills with them repeatedly. Skills like backing, increasing following distance, lane changes, and proper speeds. A school bus driver needs the same ongoing training. They should be totally saturated on defensive driving skills training. They should be totally saturated on safety training. How much emphasis a school district places on training is directly related to their insurance premiums. If a district has a high frequency of accidents and is not training to prevent them from happening through awareness, they will have higher insurance premiums because the frequency and severity of their accidents will continue to grow.

And that’s where the Infinit-I Workforce Solution for Schools comes into play.

We have several training titles in our catalog, including new videos specifically focused on helping your school bus drivers keep best practices for avoiding tail swing and sideswipe top of mind. Not only that, but in the event you notice a trend of any type of bad driver behavior, the system makes it easy for you to react to it, train on it, and prove you’ve held your school bus drivers accountable.

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