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How UV Light Technology in Buses Improves Safety

How UV Light Technology in Buses Improves Safety

It sounds too easy, but it’s true—light can kill viruses, and public buses are already using it to fight Coronavirus. Specifically, they use a form of ultraviolet light called UV-C to break up the outer layer of a virus, preventing it from functioning or reproducing. 

Reasons To Rent Your Shuttle Buses

Reasons To Rent Your Shuttle Buses

If your organization has been using shuttle buses more and more often, you’re probably wondering if you should just take the leap and buy your own. A large variety of groups rely on shuttles, and they all have different situations. Frequent rental fees can add 

Advancements in School Bus Technology

Advancements in School Bus Technology

School buses can stir up feelings of quaint nostalgia—after all, they’ve been on our roads with that distinctive yellow since the ’40s. But buses have changed, even if you can’t see it. They’ve become more efficient, more comfortable, and above all, safer. These new advancements in school bus technology mean that kids are getting the best ride possible.

Safety Lighting

New LED technology gives buses a higher profile on the roads, with illuminated bus signs that are visible from farther away, in all conditions, from any angle, and at any time of day. Fully illuminated stop arms are impossible to miss. Visibility has never been this bright, giving motorists more time to recognize buses and react safely, resulting in fewer accidents.

Faster Wi-Fi

Adding connectivity to school buses is the key to improvements. Wi-Fi makes it possible to stream videos and information from other applications, so schools and parents can know what’s happening in real-time. New 5G networks are likely to be common by 2021 and 2022, and they’ll be able to process data 100 times faster than 4G technology.

Students benefit most from these upgrades. Many schools are assigning schoolwork through tablets and laptops, so any time they can connect on the bus is more time for homework. Over the course of a year, students could gain up to 20 additional days of instructional time with Wi-Fi on buses. Not all students have Wi-Fi at home, so the extra time can make a big impact. Some communities have even used the buses as Wi-Fi hotspots, parking them at football games so that parents can fill out college forms online for financial aid.

If the school filters internet access to education-only websites, this technology can also affect student behavior on buses. The chance to do homework can keep kids busy, cutting down on idle time that can lead to disruptions and bullying. On long trips, especially, Wi-Fi keeps young passengers occupied and out of trouble.

Better GPS Tracking

With more precise and timely GPS tracking, it’s possible to know exactly where buses are at all times. Schools can geofence routes with predefined areas so that an alarm will sound when a bus enters an unapproved territory. Updates about traffic congestion and dangerous zones can re-route buses to help them stay on schedule and avoid hazards.

With GPS, parents can rely on apps such as “Here Comes the Bus,” which will give them real-time notifications when the bus picks up and drops off their children, and alerts on whether the bus is late or on time. They can get specialized alarms telling them when their kids are 10 minutes away. The information is encoded and available to authorized users only.

Drivers are easier to spot-check, with information on whether they are following railroad crossing procedures, unexpectedly idling, missing stops, and more. These new GPS telematics units can tell school districts which drivers are speeding, where, by how much, and for how long. While kids are on board, all the adults concerned will have infinitely more peace of mind.

More Video Monitoring

Cameras on buses are already recording the behavior of drivers and students to help inform procedures and avoid future issues. Now audio is becoming available to give a better picture of the circumstances in real-time. It’s a way to keep an eye on drivers’ attention to the road and record any instances of passenger misbehavior or bullying. Video evidence helps to determine repercussions afterward and better ways to handle disciplinary issues. Just the presence of monitoring equipment gives everyone on the bus more motivation to conduct themselves safely.

Many school districts are praising the newer stop-arm cameras, which operate similarly to red light cameras. When a driver stops the bus and extends the stop sign, a camera will photograph any vehicles that illegally drive around the bus, reporting their license plates to local authorities. In some states, those drivers will receive tickets and fines. It’s added assurance that kids will be safer getting on and off the bus.

And outside the bus, where most accidents happen, new technology has given us 360-degree cameras that can give a seamless picture of the entire exterior. Four cameras can combine footage into one stream that drivers can watch from their seats. Students are most vulnerable while loading and unloading, and these cameras, like rear-view cameras in cars, will eliminate the need for guesswork.

Pedestrian Radars

These high-frequency radars are supplemental to exterior bus cameras and can detect any pedestrians around the bus. LED ground lights, cross-view mirrors, and a 77 GHz frequency band will indicate when people or objects are within 10 feet of the bus. The system alerts drivers through an onboard tablet and caution lights on the mirrors. The combination of video, sensors, and even artificial intelligence can signal lane departure and potential collision risks on the roads.

Recent emergencies have involved students staying behind on buses at the end of the route, whether small children are hiding or passengers are falling asleep and missing their stops. Motion detectors can now monitor when there’s a heartbeat or breathing after the bus has been parked and alerts the driver so that no child will be left behind on the bus.

Student Identification

Badges with each student’s information can indicate the exact time, date, and location that they get on and off the bus with a scan. ID cards are another way to accomplish the same thing. Technology has now given us radio frequency identification devices to track students, too. The tags can attach to the badges or cards and will send notifications to parents and authorities via phone.

Mechanical Diagnostics

Maintaining buses becomes more foolproof with technology that collects data from all parts of the engine. It will report any necessary repairs for damaged indicator lights, fuel injectors, oil tanks, transmission, gas tanks, exhaust systems, and issues related to the revolution per minute (RPM) levels. When weather is affecting driving conditions, a spout on the front of school bus tires can drop sand onto icy roads.

GPS technology is a tool that can track a bus’s fuel consumption, creating opportunities to change routes and vehicles to save money. The biggest buzz is for electronic stability control, which is getting high praise for detecting when a school bus is unstable and correcting the problem before it loses control or even rolls over. Canada already has requirements that all new buses have electronic stability control.

All these advancements in school bus technology depend on a combination of training for drivers and students, well-integrated systems, and public awareness. These smarter school buses are safer, improving efficiency and maintenance to lower the total cost of ownership.

On a typical day, buses deliver 25 million American children to their schools and back home. National Bus Sales can help you make sure they’re safe along the way. With vehicles manufactured by Blue Bird, International, Thomas, Titan, and Trans Tech, we deliver quality at an affordable price, with an emphasis on comfort and—most important—safety. Contact our parts department for any technology upgrades you need.

School Bus Technology

Social Media Intern

Social Media Intern

Social Media Intern Job Description We are looking for a Social Media Intern who can enhance our brand and build strong online communities through our various social media platforms. The Social Media Intern will be responsible for developing and administering social media content that is 

Now Hiring Vinyl Wrap Installer

Now Hiring Vinyl Wrap Installer

Here we grow again! National Bus Sales is seeking experienced Vinyl Graphics Installer to join our team! Responsibilities include following written layout and instructions to place vinyl graphics on buses, motor coaches, school buses, activity buses, vans, etc. This may include printing, cutting, laminating, weeding 

Senior Mechanic

Senior Mechanic Heavy Equipment/TOP PAY

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Medium/Heavy Truck and Bus Mechanics needed!  We are lookin for top tier talent and are willing to pay up to 40/hr for qualified candidates.  Excellent benefit package to include medical dental and matching 401k plan.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Trouble shooting with diagnostic software as well as following correct steps for diagnostics
  •  Corrects vehicle deficiencies by removing, repairing or replacement of components, parts or systems as needed.
  •  Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

*Previous medium/heavy mechanical experience with good trouble shooting skills. Must work in safe and efficient manner. Must be a reliable self-starter who can work without direct supervision.

Positive attitude and able to work with others is a must. *

ABOUT NATIONAL BUS SALES:

National Bus Sales is a family owned & operated business since 1989. We are a nationwide leader in new, used, and refurbished motor coaches, shuttles, and school buses. We also service outside repairs. Our 27,000 sq. ft. facility contains 11 full service bays, a state of the art paint booth, upholstery shop, parts department, and sales team. We are an equal opportunity employer, and offer a great work environment, TOP PAY and BENEFITS.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

National Bus Sales wishes you a happy and safe Halloween! If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, why not browse our inventory here. No tricks here, just treats! P.S. With the weather getting colder, make sure your vehicles are ready for winter!  Call us 

Diesel Mechanic Technicians needed

Diesel Mechanic Technicians needed

Diesel Mechanic Technicians-TOP PAY To Apply: Email your resume to:   debbiew@nationalbus.com JOB DESCRIPTION Diesel Mechanic Technicians Needed! We are looking for top tier talent and are willing to pay top pay for qualified candidates. Excellent benefit package to include medical, dental and matching 401k plan. 

(34) 2009 International IC-CE’s

(34) 2009 International IC-CE’s

(34) 2009 International IC-CE’s!

 

Capacity: 71-77
Chassis: International
Body: IC-CE
Brakes: Air/Hydraulic
Qty: 34

 

These 2009 International IC-CE’s  are priced to move and won’t last long! We deliver nationwide so no matter where you are we can get these buses to you! Give us a call today before they are all gone!

 

Our inventory is stocked with hundreds of used school buses for any budget and we can even help you get the financing option that is right for you. Our friendly staff lives off of taking care of our customers and wants to help you today! National Bus Sales has been in business for 30 years. That is 30 years of offering the best school buses, activity buses, coach buses and shuttle buses at the best prices!

 

If you are not in need for a bus, we have an experienced and dedicated service and parts department than can fix or restore your buses or get you the parts you need to do it yourself. We also offer beautiful bus vinyl graphics to show off your school, church or organization. No matter your need National Bus Sales is here to help you and your organization with your transportation needs.

 

 

If these 2009 International IC-CE’s are not what you are looking for we have hundreds of new, like new, pre-owned and used school buses in stock or give us a call 800-475-1439 and our sales staff will find the bus for you!

 

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2014 International IC-RE

2014 International IC-RE

2014 International IC-RE with Air Conditioning!   Capacity: 48 Chassis: International Body: IC-RE Engine: Maxxforce DT Brakes: Air Mileage: 66K Qty: 1   Equipped with A/C, this 2014 International IC-RE will keep you cool! We offer nationwide delivery and have a full service department, we can