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Florida CDL Handbook: School Bus Only

With the Florida CDL Driver Handbook, you can study up on the issues that specifically relate to earning your CDL endorsement.

Florida CDL Handbook: School Bus Only

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11. Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection

Emergency Equipment

  • In addition to checking for spare electrical fuses (if equipped), three red reflective triangles, and a properly charged and rated fire extinguisher, school bus drivers must also inspect the following emergency equipment:
    • Three red-burning flares (fusees).
    • Nine-item first-aid kit.

Lighting Indicators

  • In addition to checking the lighting indicators listed in Section 10.2 of this manual, school bus drivers must also check the following lighting indicators (internal panel lights):
    • Alternately flashing amber lights indicator, if equipped.
    • Alternately flashing red lights indicator.
    • Strobe light indicator, if equipped.

Lights/Reflectors

  • In addition to checking the lights and reflective devices listed in Section 10.2 of this manual, school bus drivers must also check the following (external) lights and reflectors:
    • Strobe light, if equipped.
    • Stop arm light, if equipped.
    • Alternately flashing amber lights, if equipped.
    • Alternately flashing red lights.

Stop Arm

  • If equipped, check the stop arm to see that it is mounted securely to the frame of the vehicle. Also, check for loose fittings and damage.

Passenger Entry/Lift

  • Check that the entry door is not damaged, operates smoothly, and closes securely from the inside.
  • Hand rails are secure and the step light is working, if equipped.
  • The entry steps must be clear with the treads not loose or worn excessively.
  • If equipped with a handicap lift, look for leaking, damaged, or missing parts and explain how lift should be checked for correct operation. Lift must be fully retracted and latched securely.

Emergency Exit

  • Make sure that all emergency exits are not damaged, operate smoothly, and close securely from the inside.
  • Check that any emergency exit warning devices are working.

Seating

  • Look for broken seat frames and check that seat frames are firmly attached to the floor.
  • Check that seat cushions are attached securely to the seat frames.