Stopping the bus and looking for trains works great when the visibility is good, but it’s useless in snow and fog. Opening the bus door (and driver’s window), allows the driver to hear trains.
What does a bus do at a railroad crossing?
In the state of California, school bus drivers must bring the bus to a complete stop within 15 feet of railroad crossings. The bus must stay still as the driver looks both ways and opens the bus doors to listen for a train that might be coming down the track.
Why do buses open the door?
Opening the door provides better visibility down the tracks, and may also activate the bus’ stop lights, as additional signal to drivers approaching from the rear, that the bus is stopping and might remain stopped until the driver believes it safe to cross.
Why do bus drivers wave at each other?
Waving means you’re at least half awake and alert enough to notice a fellow laborer and therefore respond safely if something unexpected happens. If you’re a transit bus driver and you’ve been hijacked, you can often send a subtle visual cue to another driver, and they can radio for help.
Why do bus stop at train tracks?
It’s to make sure the driver can visualize that the tracks are clear. A bus carrying passengers or any school bus must stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of a railroad to look and listen for signals indicating the approach of a train and may not proceed until it is safe.
Why do buses don’t have seat belts?
Large school buses are heavier and distribute crash forces differently than passenger cars and light trucks do. … Since the sizes and weights of small school buses are closer to those of passenger cars and trucks, seat belts in those vehicles are necessary to provide occupant protection.”
Why do buses have white roofs?
White repels solar radiation better and keeps the Chill (and school buses) cooler. Exterior color matters. Whether you are trying to drop the interior temperature of a bus or design a solar powered cooler, painting the outside white keeps the inside cooler.
Why do buses stop randomly?
It’s because the driver is ahead of schedule. It that stop is a 12:15 stop and the driver arrives at 12:11, the bus will wait there until 12:15. The alternative would be to leave early, which could leave behind passengers who expected to be able to catch the bus at 12:15.
Why do bus seats bounce?
Buses (and large trucks) are designed to carry a lot of weight on their axles, which effectively means that they need to have very stiff springs in their suspension. This makes for a very bouncy, harsh, uncomfortable ride, which can be fatiguing for a driver who has to deal with it all day long.
Why school bus are in yellow Colour?
Since the lateral peripheral vision of yellow is 1.24 times greater than the red colour, it is more visible than the red itself. … That’s why the school bus is painted yellow to lessen the possibility of an accident for the bus filled with children on the highway.
How do you wave a bus?
The expression ‘waving a bus down’ refers to the manner of getting a bus driver to stop by raising and lowering your extended arm with the palm of your hand facing down.