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CORRECT MIRROR ADJUSTMENT


The Inside Flat Mirror

The inside flat mirror should be adjusted so that the driver can view the top of the rear window in the top of the mirror.

You will be able to see all the students, including the top of the students right behind you.

You will be able to see somewhat outside the passenger-side windows, but you will not be able to see below window level.

Crossview Mirrors (on front fender)

(Mirrors 1 and 2 on diagrams next page)

The crossview mirrors should be adjusted so that you can see the entire area in front of the vehicle, as well as the front bumper.

Outside Upper Left and Right Flat Mirrors

(Mirrors 4 and 5 on diagrams next page)

The outside flat mirrors should be adjusted so that you can see:

  • 200 feet or 4 bus lengths behind the bus
  • The side of the bus
  • The rear tires touching the ground. NOTE: On older buses, it may be impossible to see the tire touching the ground but you should see the rubber skirting around the wheel well.

Outside Lower Spot or Convex Mirrors

(Mirrors 3 and 6 on diagrams below)

The convex mirrors are located below the outside flat mirrors .

The convex mirrors should be adjusted so that you can see the entire area to the rear of the mirror along the side of the bus.

You should be able to see at least one traffic lane on either side of the bus.

Handout #1

  • If the mirrors are adjusted properly, all blind spots in front of and along both sides of the bus will be eliminated. There are still blind spots BEHIND the bus.
  • If you canít get your mirrors adjusted properly, tell your supervisor right away.



HANDOUT #1
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