Behind The Wheel Training
At Gulf Pinnacle Transport, behind-the-wheel training for school bus drivers is a mandatory requirement before commending their routes. They will undergo 15 hours of pre-service behind-the-wheel training, out of which 5 hours under the observation of Transport Supervisor. The next 5 hours of driving will be done under the observation of Team Leaders / Foreman. The last 5 hours should be done on the exact route where the driver is deployed.
The behind-the-wheel training session will focus on the following:
Pre and Post Inspections: The driver is an important part of a successful safety program. Drivers are most intimately acquainted with the operation and performance of their equipment/vehicle, and so they should be the first to recognize that something is wrong with the unit. The pre and post trip inspections are the first step in establishing safety and also a long life for the equipment.
Focus Areas of Pre Inspections:
• Check fluids on the ground
• Engine Compartment
• Operational Lights
• Front of bus
• Left side of bus
• Rear of bus
• Right side of bus
• Driver cab / Interior Inspection
• Under the bus
Focus Areas of Post Inspections
Usage of Mirrors: Having mirrors in correct adjustment allows the driver the line of sight to see and the ability to avoid collisions. Mirrors that are not adjusted properly do not maximize the visibility intended by the mirror system. Drivers at GPT have been trained in the techniques of reference point driving. We wish to borrow this concept and apply it to adjusting mirrors to maximize visibility. An individual should be able to sit in the driver’s seat, look in the mirror(s), and quickly evaluate what adjustments need to be made.
Focus Areas – Three Mirror System
• Interior rearview
• Exterior rearview
Starting-Stopping-Braking: Starting, stopping and braking in a proper way ensures smooth travel and safety.
• Starting: Plain ground; application of accelerator; rollback on steep streets
• Stopping: Planning stops; Rear view mirror usage; heavy loads considerations
• Braking: Plan for gradual stops; avoid rough use; Braking efficiency.
Lane Use and turning: Lane usage is a critical factor of school bus driver and training them on the aspect of lane usage and turning is an important aspect.
Lane use and roadway position
• Lane changes
Backing and Parking: Backing and parking with control and performing this activity is an important aspect of school bus Driver’s activities in the School.
• Backing in a straight line
• Backing and parking
Driving on a route: It is mandatory that the School bus driver uses the right techniques while driving on busy roads of UAE and picking up the students.
• Entering the traffic flow
• Crossing intersections / signals
• Challenging weather conditions
• Traffic conditions
Safe Travel Best Practices: It is mandatory to follow the safe travel practices introduced by Gulf Pinnacle Transport.
• Before the trip
• During the trip
• End of the trip
• Activity & Field trips