(ST JOSEPH Mo,) The first day of school is fast approaching, and the time has come for preparation not only for the kids, but also for area bus drivers.
"If you've been driving a long time, you tend to get complacent." said Kim Green, General Manager with Applebus, the company running school buses for the city.
A Safety Training Event was held at the Hillyard Technical Center. The objective, to make sure drivers stay sharp behind the wheel.
"This is a great way for us to kinda kick the cobwebs off." said Michael Voltz, Safety and Training Manager with Applebus.
Green said, holding these events are important, because when driving school buses, anything can happen.
"...Balls popping out, kids jumping out behind cars...," said Green.
Drivers have to be ready.
"Things are happening all the time and you have to be very defensive and watch for everything coming." said Green, adding that repetition is key.
"Its good to go through all these things that you think you've done every year, year in year out." said Green.
Doing this, organizers said, will ensure that when the unthinkable happens, these drivers will be prepared.
"When something happens, that training kicks in." said Green.
She also, wants kids to remember to play it safe when they come across one of these buses.
"Stay back on the curb and wait till the bus comes to a complete stop.
Because safety is a two-way street for both drivers and the kids around them.
"We all work together and make sure those kids stay safe." said Green.