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|Any manuals on learning to drive a bus?||Bill||1-14-05|
|Hi there, |
Anybody know where to get a manual or study guide on driving a bus? I know there are lots of schools that will teach you, but I would like to do it on the cheap.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks in advance!
|Re: Any manuals on learning to drive a bus?||Phil Feinstein||1-14-05|
|If you go to the local DMV you can get a study guide for a CDL license. A school bus driver and a transit bus driver use a class "B" CDL with a passenger endorsement and (Usually) an air brake endorsement. The study guide will let you know what expectations are for someone operating a bus and even though you won't need a CDL if the bus is for private personal use, it will show some pointers.|
Learning means doing, so if you don't have a bus to borrow to practice on, you will have to fork over some money to get some time behind a wheel. My Ex used to drive for a transit bus contractor, so I got to drive a school bus on occasion. I've driven a straight truck, and it's really not any different. If you rent a 25' U-haul, you're driving the same vehicle, just a box instead of a passenger compartment. You could even build confidence by renting a "Cube van" and practicing on that before moving up to a 25' truck. Find a big parking lot and get some traffic cones and do the same parking/driving drills that you'd do in a car. Van/Truck rentals run from $20 to $40/hour and are really worth the time invested.
Hope that helps!
|Re: Any manuals on learning to drive a bus?||Bill||1-15-05|
Appreciate the info!