One of the most important safety aspects that school districts, churches, and daycares can provide their students and passengers, is ensuring that their buses are in tip top condition. This requires a preventative maintenance schedule.
What is a preventative maintenance schedule? Think of your personal vehicle and what you do to keep it going – checking
oil and filters, checking lights, fluid levels, checking air in tires, lubricate chassis, etc., all on a regular basis. Maintenance on school buses entails all this plus some. Technicians and mechanics also look for potential problems before they turn into costly repairs. Replacement of parts can be done before failure occurs.
Most states have an annual inspection requirement. School buses must be inspected and maintained on a scheduled basis. There is no universal preventative schedule for churches and daycares, but maintenance should be kept up on a regular schedule based on miles or hours of operation.
A tried and true preventative maintenance regimen is the key to a safe bus and safe passengers.