School Bus Drivers - Being Prepared for Winter Driving

Written by Leonard D'Orlando,

As the leaves begin to turn colors and the air turns crisp, we are reminded that winter and the inclement weather it brings with it is just around the corner. What can be done to prepare for this? Read on to learn more.

With the winter season quickly approaching, now is the time to make sure you are prepared for what it will bring. When the temperature drops, snow, slush, and ice can happen quickly, even while students are at school. An automatic tire chain system is ready to go at a moment’s notice, but here are some items to check first.

Read up on maintenance and operation

Whether you are a driver or fleet manager, make sure whoever is driving the bus is familiar with Onspot, automatic tire chain system and how it operates. The operation is simple, but it is always good to go over it again. Remember at what speeds to engage and disengage the system, especially when coming up to a questionable patch in the road.

Exercise the Onspots

The best way to make sure your Onspot system is still operating normally, is to activate them at least once a month. On a gravel road or lot while the bus is out of service, flip the switch and make sure the units come down. Once they do, pull forward to ensure the chains get under the tires. If all checks out, flip the switch off and you are all set!

With winter on its way, being prepared is essential, and the above points are a good way to get started. To further education, click the link below on winter weather!

Tips for driving when winter weather strikes


Winter driving tips Maintenance School Bus Safety

Leonard D'Orlando

About Leonard D'Orlando

Leonard has six years with Onspot Automatic Tire Chains in North America. Four years as a field technician on the East Coast and two years as a Regional Sales Manager. During the four years as a field technician Leonard provided install and maintenance training to dealers. Leonard also performed fleet reviews for customers and provided technical service support. An alumnus from the University of Maine, Leonard graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Education. Leonard also attended Texas State Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in automotive mechanics.


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