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School Bus Safety

More than 22 million U.S. students ride school buses daily, according to officials of the National Safe Kids Campaign. Each year, approximately 390,000 public school buses travel about 4.2 billion miles!

It’s especially important to slow down and watch out for kids at the beginning of the school year. Students are excited, apprehensive, not familiar with the new school schedule and may not pay attention to traffic safety practices. Children are not small adults and may not have the skills to cope with traffic. Be aware that ALL drivers are responsible for child safety near school zones or school buses.

Normal traffic also means highways that will be filled by large and small yellow buses. Twice each day (and sometimes more often) these buses carry the nation’s most valuable cargo to and from their homes. During these “bus rush hours” school buses are extremely disruptive to normal traffic flow. They stop frequently and often drive slowly, resulting in long lines of traffic behind the bus. For the rest of the driving public, this can easily lead to frustrations. Don’t let yourself get caught in this trap!

Patience is a virtue. Accept the fact that during these two or three times a day, school buses will be picking up and discharging someone’s child. Perhaps your child is also being transported to and from school. Allow a little extra time so the normal delay caused by the buses don’t throw you behind schedule or cause you to rush to make up time.

Remember these tips:

  • All traffic from both directions MUST stop when bus lights are flashing red and STOP signs are extended.
  • Never pass a stopped school bus loading or unloading children—it’s the law!
  • If you see yellow flashing lights prepare to stop—not speed up to pass the bus quickly. Begin moving again only when the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arem is withdrawn and the bus begins to move.
  • Be alert for kids who might dart into the street without looking.
  • Watch for students playing and gathering near a bus stop.
  • Slow down and observe posted speed limits in school zones at all times. Look for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks.

 

Back To School Facts

  1. The largest high school in America (Morton High School in Berwyn-Cicero, IL) has over 8,000students.
  2. There are over 7.4 million teachers and 2.9 million work at elementary and middle schools.
  3. School bus drivers are usually paid an hourly wage and the national average wage is $16.56.
  4. Each year, over 78.8 million kids, teens and adults enroll in school.
  5. 6% of kids age 6-11 repeat at least one grade in school. 11% of kids aged 12-17 repeat at least one grade of school.
  6. 67% of kids like school.
  7. In California, roughly 45% of children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th speak a language other than English at home.

 

The Truck Parking Shortage

Tight confines, row upon row of filled-up slots, not an open space in sight. If you’ve been out on the road (or, more fittingly, just getting off of it), you know: Truck parking is a serious problem. Safe and accessible big rig parking spots are a precious commodity these days. And with freight transportation forecast to rapidly expand in the coming decades, the situation is only expected to get worse. So—what’s to be done about the parking shortage?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), nearly 6 million CMV’s whir down U.S. roadways every day. However, by contrast, there are only 308,920 parking spaces to accommodate them, between state rest areas and private truck stops.

As would be expected, the shortage is much more dire in certain areas. Metro locations and their immediate outskirts have long grappled with adequate trucking parking, and individual states vary widely in their availability. For instance, Rhode Island, the country’s smallest, not surprisingly has the least amount of spaces per 100,000 miles of annual truck vehicle miles traveled, but California, the second-largest in the contiguous U.S., comes in second-to-last, with just around 55 spots per 100,000 miles driven. Montana has the most, at 171 per 100,000 miles driven.

The Implications

You’re circling, you’re scanning, but you can’t find an official, designated, or suitable spot. So what do you do? You have a couple options: Park elsewhere (a vacant lot, along the roadside, on an exit ramp) or simply give up looking and move on. Obviously, neither option is optimal. According to the FMCSA, in 2012, trucks located on the roadside, shoulder, parking lane or otherwise off the roadway were involved in nearly 60% of single-vehicle crashes in where drivers or passengers were injured.

What’s Being Done?

Between budget constraints, state statutes and hurdles related to land use and real estate, it’s a bulky issue to tackle. But experts and officials are beginning to push for movement.

To start, in 2012, Jason’s Law was passed. Named for Jason Rivenburg, a NY based driver who was murdered while parked at a deserted gas station after failing to find a safer spot elsewhere, the statute has provided funding for much-needed expansions and improvements at various state rest stops and also required the completion of a parking survey.

The DOT has convened a dedicated committee to seek out solutions; the National Coalition on Truck Parking held its first meeting in November 2016 and expects to hold regular meetings.

Meanwhile, the Federal Highway Administration is planning workshops around the topic this summer. Notable chains including TA and Loves have committed to expansion efforts. Others, including Pilot Flying J, have experimented with paid reservation models.

 

Are Your Hands Germ Free?

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can  take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

When should you wash your hands:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or treats
  • After touching garbage

How should you wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice)
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dryer.

 

Driver Anniversaries

Listed below are drivers that are celebrating anniversaries with us this month. We want to thank  you for your service and loyalty and for choosing CoreTrans as your employer!

1 Year

Darryl Edwards

Derrick Williams

Martin Howard

Mike Krouse