Driver Instructions and Tips
To any non-CDL person driving this small bus…..…here are helpful items that will make your trip safer and more enjoyable for you and your passengers. Gary Arbesman….Living Word Bus Ministry Manager
1) Always check the rear tires with the ‘tire bat’ or a tire gauge. Any one of the 4 rear tires on this small bus could be flat and you won’t know it unless you hit each rear tire with a ‘tire bat’ or actually check the pressure with a gauge (both are in the bus). The other fully-inflated tire will make it look like nothing is wrong! There is a distinct ‘thud’ sound that a flat tire will make when “hit” vs a fully-inflated one. If a flat is discovered you must not operate this bus! Driving with a flat rear tire will cause excessive heat and will eventually destroy the ‘flat’ and the good inflated tire!
2) Check the brake & signal lights and make sure that all operate properly.
3) If you have time…check the oil level stick to make sure it is at or near the full mark before you leave
the LW lot. Checking the oil level is best done with a cold engine.
4) Seat Belts: Fasten yours and always remind all passengers to fasten theirs!
Fill Out the Bus Log Book - (officially called “Bus Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report”)
1) The LW-Bus Ministry has always used a “Log Book” to keep track of ‘bus usage’ and help in
scheduling oil changes; inspections etc. Using it is part of your duty as a bus driver volunteer.
Fill it out before you leave the LW lot (it is simple) and on return, note the “end mileage” and
any other comments.
2) You do not have to check all the items listed in the Log Book, but at least the ones shown above.
List where you are going under ‘Remarks’. Sign at the bottom and check the box - “satisfactory”-
unless you find some serious issue!
3) If you notice any problem or have any concern about this bus before, after or during your trip….
please contact Gary immediately (see Page 2).
On-the-Road Driving tips:
1) Do NOT Speed….you are carrying precious passengers!
2) Do not talk with your passengers…...keep your eyes on the road!
3) Always stay to the right on 2-lane or 4-lane highways unless you want to ‘pass’. This bus is wider than any car! When a large truck passes you….that driver should stay to the left to make more room. If you need to pass….you should also stay to the left for more space between you & another vehicle.
4) Always use signal lights….when turning, passing or pulling back in.
5) When stopping....brake gently and give yourself plenty of time to come to a full stop.
6) When you come to a stop…make sure you can see the “rear tires” of the vehicle in front of you.
This stopping distance allows a safe space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Right After Your Trip:
As the driver, you are responsible for some bus maintenance:
1) If the gas gauge drops to about half-full on return to LW – you should stop and fill the tank. The easiest/most convenient is the P-66 station at the corner of Hwy 100 & Hwy 109. Use your personal
card and submit a LW- Check Request Form and your receipt to Kim Cox for reimbursement.
Alternatively, you can call or email me…. to tell me that the gas is getting low….and I will fill it up.
2) You and your LW group should clean the bus after your trip. Mostly, just sweep out & remove trash. It doesn’t take long and cleaning up will be much appreciated by the next group using the bus.
If you find any problem with this bus…..call or email as soon as possible!
Living Word UMC Bus Ministry Manager