Bus Driver Qualifications
To qualify as a bus driver you generally must have a high school diploma or equivalent, obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL), and finish a brief training program. Training typically takes from one to three months and primarily consists of practice on a driving course. The training begins with developing bus maneuvering skills on a course, then progresses to driving in light traffic, and culminates in practice runs on the types of route you will be expected to run. New drivers are usually accompanied by an experienced driver who will provide assistance and evaluate performance. Some training programs may involve time in the classroom learning company rules and regulates, state and municipal traffic laws, and safe driving practices. Courses may also teach new drivers about schedules and routes, fares, and interacting with passengers. Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but often include the testing of both knowledge and driving.
Bus drives need to have good hand-eye coordination as well as good visual and hearing abilities. Drivers must be able to pass both a vision and hearing test. Federal regulations require a bus driver to have at least 20/40 vision with a 70 degree field of vision in each eye and be able to distinguish the colors on a traffic light. Bus drivers also need to be in good physical health, with no conditions that may interfere with the operation of a bus. Customer service skills and patience are also important qualities of a successful bus driver.
Though there is not a lot of room for advancement in a bus driving career, experienced drivers are always in demand. Experienced drivers may eventually move on to become supervisors, dispatches, or instructors training new bus drivers.
Get Your Degree!
Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.
Powered by Campus Explorer