This question was part of SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s recent Driver Training Survey. These are the results:
- Patience. Of the transportation directors and driver trainers surveyed, 21% pointed to patience as the most important trait. One survey respondent explained it as “patience when teaching; not everyone learns the same way.”
- Communication skills. One person described it as a need for “communication with all types of personalities.”
- Knowledge of the job. Some cited the need for knowledge of state and federal regulations, student management or school buses themselves.
- Ability to engage. One respondent put it as “the ability to get across to the trainee” while another described it as the “ability to train all types of personalities.”
- Safety consciousness and focus.
There is a common thread running through these responses: the observation that there are many different types of people to train drivers who have different learning styles, level of experience and different needs.
Maybe that leads us to a sixth trait: flexibility.