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To successfully complete a school bus driver training course approved under 4 AAC 27.200(c) , a person must do the following to the satisfaction of the instructor:
(1) identify the major mechanical component systems of a school bus;
(2) complete a pre-trip inspection of a school bus;
(3) adjust the driver's seat of a school bus so that all controls can be reached easily;
(4) adjust the mirrors of a school bus for optimum visibility;
(5) demonstrate starting and stopping the bus smoothly using proper coordination of accelerator, clutch where applicable and brakes;
(6) stop a school bus a specified distance from another object or point using over the hood, rear and curb reference points;
(7) where applicable shift gears on a moving school bus in a manner that provides a safe ride to passengers and avoids damage and unnecessary wear to the bus components;
(8) where applicable, demonstrate the use of shifting in slowing and stopping the bus;
(9) turn a corner in a school bus while keeping the bus in the correct lane of traffic;
(10) back up a school bus in a straight line, and turn the bus around by backing into a side street under conditions of both ample and limited space;
(11) explain and demonstrate defensive driving skills which may help prevent accidents in school buses in spite of incorrect actions of others;
(12) demonstrate procedures for properly loading and unloading students;
(13) explain techniques for managing the behavior of students on a school bus in a positive way;
(14) explain proper actions to take during driving emergencies;
(15) locate and explain how to use emergency equipment found on school buses;
(16) explain and demonstrate procedures for safely positioning a school bus on a road after a mechanical breakdown or emergency situation;
(17) demonstrate procedures for safely evacuating passengers of a school bus; and
(18) demonstrate procedures for properly crossing railroad tracks in a school bus.
History: Eff. 3/15/89, Register 109
Authority: AS 14.07.020 (a)
AS 28.15.046 (b)
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