6 Tips to Get Your Church Bus Road-Trip Ready
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When it comes to getting your church bus road-trip ready, these are just a few items among a large list of things you'll want to make sure are in good working condition before you and your church family hit the road.
Check out our six tips for getting your church bus ready for its next road trip.
Tip 1: Use a Bus Maintenance Binder
Keeping a binder in the bus at all times and having your driver report on any issues or needs after each trip taken is a good way to keep everyone who uses the bus on the same page, and to ensure things are taken care of ahead of time, on a nonemergency basis.
Tip 2: Get an Annual Inspection
For example, we schedule many buses through our detailed 113-point, used-bus inspection, treating it as if it were our own bus. If this is done routinely and kept in the bus's binder, you can catch things before they become a problem and prevent major issues.
Tip 3: Routinely Check Rubber Components
Are all of the tires properly inflated? Are the tires wearing evenly? Is there any evidence of a rainwater leak from a dried window seal? What is the condition of the hoses inside the engine compartment and when is the last time they were changed? These answers should be listed in your bus's binder.
Buses stranded on the side of the road in the 100-degree heat have commonly had the tires and/or engine hoses neglected. All of this can be taken care of and monitored in the annual used bus inspection. Note: The tires should be checked to ensure they are fully inflated before every trip.
Tip 4: Maintain Engine Fluid Levels
Imagine it is 100 degrees outside and then the engine is several hundred degrees as it works to carry you on your mission. All of the fluids carry away the heat to keep you on the road.
Tip 5: Don't Forget About the Air Conditioning
Sometimes, after hoses, lines, and fluids have remained stationary for long periods of time in the heat and cold, they may have trouble bouncing right back into action.
Simple checks of the pressures as part of your annual inspection can avoid the uncomfortableness of your church members having to take a trip with all the windows open because the AC isn't working.
Tip 6: Keep the Driver's Compartment Pristine
In order to ensure the driver can easily see and access all he or she may need while in the driver's seat, it's imperative that you work to keep the driver's compartment clean and uncluttered.
Drivers need to address these questions before ever leaving the parking lot:
* Do all my controls work properly?
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