Charter bus travel has been the go-to for safe and affordable group travel for decades. The perks of divided costs, scenic views, and an intimate environment for bonding have long been selling points for motor coaches. How is motor coach travel any different than traveling in a school bus? The simple answer is safety.
5 Safety Features Charter Buses Have That School Buses Don’t
- Three-point seat belts. These are an important element of charter bus safety, and have always been missing from school buses. In part, this is because school bus fatalities and accidents are very infrequent. Partially due to the strict laws surrounding the operation of buses carrying schoolchildren and the civilians driving around them. Charter buses operate under common traffic law, and are required to employ more safety features.
- Nitrogen-filled tires. These are not used in school buses due to cost concerns. However, they are common in charter buses, especially those traveling long distances. Nitrogen leaks through rubber much less than air, thus maintaining more stable tire pressure. A cooler, more constant temperature helps to maintain tire integrity over longer rides. Nitrogen-filled tires also get better mileage, which mean lower costs.
- Operator monitoring systems. Modern motor coaches are revolutionizing how charter bus companies approach operator training and policies. This data provides information in braking, turning, and distances maintained from other vehicles. It also helps charter bus companies improve performance and reduce accidents.
- Registration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This is essential to a charter bus company’s safety credibility. The FMCSA keeps updated, publicly viewable records of registered companies, their safety ratings, and their incident history. Since its inception in 2000, the FMCSA has been tasked with preventing fatalities and injuries in commercial motor coach travel.
- On-board restrooms. While it may sound like an amenity more than a safety concern, a sanitary area that can be used for hygienic or medical purposes is a matter of safety for many. A wide range of travelers, from those with diabetes or intravenous tubes to the elderly, require a restroom to deal with matters of health. School buses can be very problematic for passengers with medical needs.
Put your mind at ease and choose the safer, more comfortable bus for longer trips.