Picking up and delivering passengers to their destinations safely. Making sure my bus is operationally sound to make it through the shift, by completing a pre trip inspection. Enjoying friendly conversation with my passengers.
On a typical day I would always be punctual. I would start by greeting dispatch and punching in. I would ask if there were any route changes or important information that the drivers should know about. Although there were instances when drivers were not informed and you just deal with the situation as it came. Next came the pre-trip inspection inside and outside of the bus. Fuel if necessary. Clean windows and mirrors. Any need repairs meant I would tell dispatch and take another bus.
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules, complying with traffic regulations to ensure that passengers have a smooth and safe ride.
Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
Inspect vehicles and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
Announce stops to passengers.
Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.
Level of Education Attained by Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
Most common level of education among people in this career: High school diploma or equivalent (84%)
You will need to study and pass a Commercial Drivers License test on a computer and an actual behind the wheel test. Usually performed by your employer, but sometimes by the State of Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. This will be done in a 40 Foot bus with air breaks. There are many components to a large vehicle and you will need to memorize them.
I recommend having the mindset of safety first. One should be able to make decisions about different roadblock along the way. And all of this will come with experience. Listening and communication is also a good skill to sharpen. Ask advice from dispatch on how to proceed. Know your company's policies about all issues that may come up. Having knowledge about the mechanics of the vehicle you are driving. Love working independently and traveling. I have had breakdowns and have dealt with rudeness.
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