What Can You Expect During a Driver's Test to Become a School Bus Driver?


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While requirements to earn a school bus driver's license vary from state to state, individuals taking the driving portion of the test can expect to complete a pre-drive inspection of the bus' safety features and participate in an on-road test to show basic traffic maneuvers. Additionally, applicants are also asked to perform the student discharge procedure and show the proper response to a railroad crossing.

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Becoming a school bus driver requires individuals to obtain their Commercial Driver's License, or CDL, as well as endorsements for passenger vehicles and school buses. A physical exam is required to determine whether or not the applicant is medically fit to obtain a CDL. Individuals with diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure are often rejected, as well as those who are colorblind, have vision of less than 20/40 and test positive on a drug test. Once the physical exam is passed, a CDL Learner's Permit application may be submitted.

Learner's Permits will not be issued to people under the age of 18 or those who have four or more points on their driver's license. The applicant's driving history is examined for the prior decade, and a written knowledge test must be passed before the permit is issued. With the permit, the applicant has the right to practice driving a commercial vehicle with someone who already has their CDL. The permit must be in the applicant's possession for at least two weeks before the CDL skills test can be taken.

Once the on-road test is completed and passed, those wishing to drive a school bus must meet their state-specific requirements. These often include first aid certification, criminal background checks, agility training, drug and alcohol testing and further training with an experienced school bus driver.

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