VIII. Remind participants that their first preference should always be to avoid an adverse weather situation. This module deals with what to do if you haven't been able to avoid it. You will discuss those situations where the school bus driver has to decide what to do.
VIII.A. Tell participants that all the information covered in this section will be on a handout which you will distribute shortly.
VIII.E. Dawn and dust are not really weather situations but they do limit visibility.
VIII.G. Distribute Handout #7, Limited Visibility. Review it with the participants.
VIII.G.2.a. Here is a good rule about how much space you should keep in front of you:
- At least one second for each 10 feet of vehicle length at speeds below 40 mph.
- At greater speeds, add one second. For example, if you are driving a 40-foot vehicle, at 40 mph leave 4 seconds. At 50 mph, leave 5 seconds.
VIII.G.3.b-c. Your policy may be different. Be sure to review what is expected of school bus drivers in your district.
VIII.K.3.a. You may not have a choice. The dust storm may be upon you regardless of what you do.