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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Cut inspection time by 50% Uncover more issues and solve them 4x faster Select from over 4000 expert-proofed templates Driver Evaluation Checklist (page name not set) Evaluation PRE-TRIP INSPECTION Fully evaluates condition of vehicle Yes No N/A Checks for oil, water, fuel leaks Yes No N/A Checks fuel, oil, and water levels Yes No N/A Checks tires, lights, reflectors Yes No N/A Checks air hoses, electrical connections Yes No N/A Checks suspension points, steering linkage Yes No N/A Checks service and parking brakes; hand valve Yes No N/A Checks wipers, mirrors, horn, and gauges Yes No N/A Checks emergency equipment Yes No N/A Cleans windows, mirrors, lights Yes No N/A PLACING VEHICLE IN MOTION Checks mirror adjustment Yes No N/A Puts transmission in neutral Yes No N/A Shifts gears smoothly Yes No N/A Starts motor without difficulty Yes No N/A Allows proper warm-up Yes No N/A Builds full air pressure before starting Yes No N/A Checks brakes within 100 ft. of starting Yes No N/A Checks and understands instruments Yes No N/A Uses clutch properly Yes No N/A Maintains proper engine RPM Yes No N/A Times gearshift properly Yes No N/A Uses proper gear sequence Yes No N/A Uses seat belt Yes No N/A BRAKING AND SLOWING Brakes as soon as need is recognized Yes No N/A Avoids sudden stops Yes No N/A Stops smoothly without rolling back Yes No N/A Tests brakes at top of hills Yes No N/A Gears down to descend grades Yes No N/A Uses brake peopeny on grades Yes No N/A Keeps check on air gauges Yes No N/A CONTROLS AND EOUIPMENT Knows proper use of parking brake Yes No N/A Knows proper use of hand valve Yes No N/A Understands "low air" warning Yes No N/A Understands use of 4-way flashers Yes No N/A Uses proper headlight beam Yes No N/A Dims lights when following others Yes No N/A Dims lights when meeting others Yes No N/A Adjusts speed to range of lights Yes No N/A Knows how to replace fuses Yes No N/A Knows how to use fire extinguisher Yes No N/A Knows placement of warning devices Yes No N/A Knows placement position of chocks Yes No N/A Knows operation of engine brake (if equipped) Yes No N/A OPERATING IN TRAFFIC Intersections and Turning Enters intersections prepared to stop Yes No N/A Cheeks for cross traffic Yes No N/A Yields to others Yes No N/A Signals direction changes in advance Yes No N/A Gets in proper lane well in advance of turn Yes No N/A Turns only when way is clear Yes No N/A Blocks traffic from curb side of turn Yes No N/A Starts slowly from stopped position Yes No N/A Looks ahead for signs and signals Yes No N/A Comes to a complete stop at stop signs Yes No N/A Approaches signs and signals prepared to stop Yes No N/A Slows vehicle gradually Yes No N/A Adjusts speed to crossing conditions Yes No N/A Comes to a complete stop (if required) Yes No N/A Stops required distance from crossing Yes No N/A Avoids shifting gears while crossing Yes No N/A Allows sufficient space for passing Yes No N/A Passes only when there is long-term advantage Yes No N/A Passes only in safe location Yes No N/A Signals when changing lanes Yes No N/A Signals before passing Yes No N/A Proceeds in proper lane Yes No N/A Observes posted speed limit Yes No N/A Uses timed interval following distance Yes No N/A Observes speed limit consistent with conditions Yes No N/A Maintains steady speed on open road Yes No N/A Adjusts speed for curves, other danger zones Yes No N/A Grips steering wheel properly Yes No N/A Good driving posture Yes No N/A Centers vehicle in driving lane Yes No N/A Reads traffic lights in advance Yes No N/A Evaluates traffic patterns early Yes No N/A Aware of traffic around unit Yes No N/A Frequent use of mirrors Yes No N/A Avoids being boxed in Yes No N/A Makes eye contact with others Yes No N/A Alert to live parking Yes No N/A Makes good driving decisions Yes No N/A BACKING AND PARKING Avoids barking from blind side Yes No N/A Avoids unnecessary backing Yes No N/A Warns others when backing Yes No N/A Checks area before backing Yes No N/A Uses mirrors to advantage Yes No N/A If in doubt gets out and looks Yes No N/A Proper backing maneuvers Yes No N/A Selects safe area to park Yes No N/A Parks to avoid backing when leaving Yes No N/A Parks correct distance from curb or roadway Yes No N/A Turns on warning flashers Yes No N/A Checks traffic when pulling out Yes No N/A Shuts off engine Yes No N/A COMPLETION Driver (Full Name and Signature) Inspector (Full Name and Signature) This template is also available in:
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.