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Driver Evaluation Checklist

A driver evaluation checklist is a tool used to assess drivers’ performance when operating school buses. It helps to evaluate if drivers follow business protocols and bus safety regulations.

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Driver Evaluation Checklist

Evaluation

PRE-TRIP INSPECTION

Fully evaluates condition of vehicle
Checks for oil, water, fuel leaks
Checks fuel, oil, and water levels
Checks tires, lights, reflectors
Checks air hoses, electrical connections
Checks suspension points, steering linkage
Checks service and parking brakes; hand valve
Checks wipers, mirrors, horn, and gauges
Checks emergency equipment
Cleans windows, mirrors, lights

PLACING VEHICLE IN MOTION

Checks mirror adjustment
Puts transmission in neutral
Shifts gears smoothly
Starts motor without difficulty
Allows proper warm-up
Builds full air pressure before starting
Checks brakes within 100 ft. of starting
Checks and understands instruments
Uses clutch properly
Maintains proper engine RPM
Times gearshift properly
Uses proper gear sequence
Uses seat belt

BRAKING AND SLOWING

Brakes as soon as need is recognized
Avoids sudden stops
Stops smoothly without rolling back
Tests brakes at top of hills
Gears down to descend grades
Uses brake peopeny on grades
Keeps check on air gauges

CONTROLS AND EOUIPMENT

Knows proper use of parking brake
Knows proper use of hand valve
Understands "low air" warning
Understands use of 4-way flashers
Uses proper headlight beam
Dims lights when following others
Dims lights when meeting others
Adjusts speed to range of lights
Knows how to replace fuses
Knows how to use fire extinguisher
Knows placement of warning devices
Knows placement position of chocks
Knows operation of engine brake (if equipped)

OPERATING IN TRAFFIC

Intersections and Turning
Enters intersections prepared to stop
Cheeks for cross traffic
Yields to others
Signals direction changes in advance
Gets in proper lane well in advance of turn
Turns only when way is clear
Blocks traffic from curb side of turn
Signs and Signals
Starts slowly from stopped position
Looks ahead for signs and signals
Comes to a complete stop at stop signs
Approaches signs and signals prepared to stop
Slows vehicle gradually
R.R. Grade Crossings
Adjusts speed to crossing conditions
Comes to a complete stop (if required)
Stops required distance from crossing
Avoids shifting gears while crossing
Passing
Allows sufficient space for passing
Passes only when there is long-term advantage
Passes only in safe location
Signals when changing lanes
Signals before passing
Proceeds in proper lane
Speed
Observes posted speed limit
Uses timed interval following distance
Observes speed limit consistent with conditions
Maintains steady speed on open road
Adjusts speed for curves, other danger zones
General
Grips steering wheel properly
Good driving posture
Centers vehicle in driving lane
Reads traffic lights in advance
Evaluates traffic patterns early
Aware of traffic around unit
Frequent use of mirrors
Avoids being boxed in
Makes eye contact with others
Alert to live parking
Makes good driving decisions

BACKING AND PARKING

Backing
Avoids barking from blind side
Avoids unnecessary backing
Warns others when backing
Checks area before backing
Uses mirrors to advantage
If in doubt gets out and looks
Proper backing maneuvers
Vehicle Parking
Selects safe area to park
Parks to avoid backing when leaving
Parks correct distance from curb or roadway
Turns on warning flashers
Checks traffic when pulling out
Secures unit:
Turns wheels
Sets brakes
Puts in gear
Shuts off engine
Uses chocks
Locks unit

COMPLETION

Recommendations
Driver (Full Name and Signature)
Inspector (Full Name and Signature)
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