Bus drivers preparing for school year

Bus drivers preparing for school year

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - In less than two weeks most schools across the Coast will be back in session and the roads will be filled with school buses.

Leading up to the first day of school, Harrison County offers training for new bus drivers with the focus on a top priority.

"The main thing that we expect them to do is drive safely," said Harrison County School District Maintenance & Transportation Director Larry Benefield.

Before picking up students, drivers typically take part in a week of training led by Bruce Tucker.

"That gives them the feel of what it's like live with the limitations that they have to work with maneuvering the buses around when other buses, kids and everybody else is around," Tucker said.

The training involves working around an obstacle course. Tucker said every phase of driving a bus starts with checking the mirrors.

234 Harrison County School District buses hit the roads every day, carrying more than 10,000 students. Benefield said there's always a need for people to drive those buses.

"I know we have a lot of stay at home moms and folks that need a job, so come in and talk to us about it. Let us walk you through it, we'll let you get on one and we'll even let you ride around the parking lot if you feel uncomfortable and at least give you a feel for it."

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