Bus Driver Job Description

A Bus Driver transports students or special clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. The Bus Driver ensures adherence to safety rules. They may assist passengers in boarding or exiting.

Tasks for a Bus Driver

  • The Bus Driver must follow safety rules as student’s board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops.
  • The Bus Driver must comply with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner.
  • The Bus Driver must check the condition of a vehicle’s tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order.
  • The Bus Driver must maintain order among pupils during trips to ensure safety.
  • The Bus Driver picks up and drops off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules.
  • The Bus Driver reports any bus malfunctions or needed repairs.
  • The Bus Driver will drive gasoline, diesel, or electrical powered multi-powered vehicles to transport students between neighborhood, schools, and school activities.
  • The Bus Driver prepares and submits reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, fuel consumption, or fares received.
  • The Bus Driver maintains knowledge of first-aid procedures.
  • The Bus Driver must keep bus interiors clean for passengers.

The Bus Driver must have knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. The Bus Driver needs knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Skills and Abilities needed for Bus Drivers

  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of Operation Monitoring. This includes the ability to watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • The Bus Driver must give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of social perceptiveness. This includes being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of speaking. This includes talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of critical thinking. This includes using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of operation and control. This includes controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of time management. This includes managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of persuasion. This includes persuading others to change their minds behavior.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of reading comprehension. This includes understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • The Bus Driver needs the skill of coordination. This includes adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to see details at a distance.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to quickly respond with the hand, finger, or foot, to signal by sound, light or picture when it appears necessary in doing his job.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to coordinate two or more limbs for example: two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm; while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The Bus Driver needs the ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to tow or more different signals. This includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

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