III. What To Do
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 92% of all crashes are caused by driver POOR performance
- Poor performance for school bus drivers is poor vehicle operation
- And poor vehicle operation is usually a result of a driver’s bad attitude
- So what can you do to avoid stress on the job and to improve your attitude?
- Tips for Maintaining A Good Driver Attitude
- Get a good night’s sleep; keep alert physically and mentally
- Try to leave personal problems at home; seek help if you need it
a. When you lock your car in the parking lot, lock your problems in too
- Arrive at work early
a. This way you can do a thorough pre-trip inspection and catch up on important news
- Greet everyone with a smile and by name
- Be patient, even-tempered, and understanding
a. Show respect if you wish to receive it
- Bring a sense of humor to the job; be able to laugh at yourself
- Learn to relax
a. Close your eyes; breathe evenly; think about the tension draining from your body
b. Repeat “I’m calm” and “I’m good at what I do”
- Be free from the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, and medications — both prescription and over-the-counter
- Extend a hand to new drivers
- Watch for stressful symptoms in others and alert a supervisor
- Be a part of the team
a. Get involved with bus lot activities
b. Join with other drivers to solve problems
c. Participate at safety meetings
- Ask questions if you are unsure about something
- Believe in your ability to do a good job
- You know how you do a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle?
- Do a “personal” pre-trip inspection as well
- Have you left your personal problems at home?
- Are you mentally and physically alert?
- Are you ready to greet the job and the students with a smile and an even temperament?
- If you are running late, have you taken a few minutes to relax?
- Before we finish, let me ask some of the veteran drivers if they have any tips they want to share
- What helps you keep a good attitude?
- Remember Tom and Harry
- Are you ready to be a safe driver?
III.C - Review first page of Handout #1
III.E - Review second page of Handout #1