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SLIPPERY ROADS - MUD


WHAT THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MUD

  1. A muddy road is a non-paved wet road that is virtually impassable due to mud. It can also be a paved road when excessive mud is present due to poor drainage or construction sites.
  2. Anticipate mud on a dirt or gravel road after heavy rain, snow melt, or a major thaw.
  3. Mud slides are also slippery. They may occur along a paved road. If there is one clear lane, a school bus driver can go around a mud slide as long as you can stay on the pavement. If you canít stay on the pavement, find another route.
HOW THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SHOULD RESPOND TO MUD
  1. Before you drive
    • Call or talk to parents or spotters, other drivers, and Dispatch.
    • Arrange to have a student meet the school bus at the main road when the road to the studentís house is impassable.
  2. On your route
    • Avoid the mud if at all possible. Anticipate it. Look for it.
    • If you canít avoid the mud and if you are not in too far, stop and back up.
    • If you canít avoid the mud and if you are too far in to stop without getting stuck, keep going.
      • Keep your speed steady. Donít slow down.
      • Keep your tires straight.
      • Donít make quick corrections or over corrections.
      • Stay on the crest of the road.
      • Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
    • By keeping your speed steady, you may be able to ďfloatĒ on top of the mud.
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