It is the policy of most school districts to have trainers, mechanics, and school officials to occasionally ride along with school bus drivers to observe the driver. But now, officials outside the school district operation are getting into the act.
Mayors and local officials of towns and cities across the states are also getting a better understanding of school transportation systems by riding along with the school bus driver for a day or two. A few years ago the mayor of Michigan City, IN, joined a bus driver as he transported high school students. The mayor said he learned about numerous rules including bus drivers stopping and opening the door at railroad crossings to look and listen for trains.
It might be beneficial if some of the parents and school administrators could be allowed to ride the bus. They would have a better understanding of what the driver encounters in a day of driving their children and students to and from school and have a new perspective and respect for the drivers.