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Choosing the Correct School Bus
For Transporting Pre-School Age Children
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Work with Your School Bus Distributor

It is important to purchase the correct bus-one that will provide easy access for the children you plan to transport, as well as one which has the features that drivers and their assistants need to ensure the safety of each pre-school passenger. The key to choosing the correct school bus is to thoroughly discuss your needs with the school bus distributor from whom you will purchase the vehicle. The more the distributor knows about how you plan to use the bus, the easier it will be for him or her to help you make the proper selection.

Know Your Passengers

A school bus that will carry pre-school age children needs different features and equipment than a school bus that will transport only elementary and secondary school students. So the first step in purchasing the correct school bus is to identify who will be transported in the vehicle, both now and in the future. If it is likely that the school bus may be used to transport pre-school age children at any time during the ten to fifteen years that the school bus is likely to be in service, it needs to be properly equipped for those children.

Size of School Bus

After identifying how the bus will be used, you need to decide how many passengers it will carry. Those two factors will enable you to determine what size vehicle to purchase. If the bus will be used primarily to transport pre-school age children you may want to limit the number of passengers and purchase what is commonly referred to as a small school bus (10,000 lb. or less gross vehicle weight rating). These buses usually have four rows of seats. If you anticipate a need to carry a large number of passengers you may want to purchase a large school bus (above 10,000 lb. gross vehicle weight rating).