|Driving a bus is not a stress-free job|
wait for over half an hour and then two come along at once."
for today because you might be hit by one tomorrow."
are often the butt of jokes but manoeuvring a 35 foot bus full of
impatient passengers in Luton’s rush hour is definitely no joke,
as Inside Out finds out.
bus companies want drivers that can cope with stress and are
also safe then they are going to have to get really selective
about who they put behind the wheel. And that’s exactly what
they are doing." |
congested roads, irate passengers and tight deadlines to meet, it’s
not an easy job being a bus driver, as one driver reveals.
can’t break in a bus like you do in a car otherwise you’ve got broken
legs and broken limbs. Motorists aren’t aware of that," says a Luton
Arriva bus garage in Luton is one of the largest in Britain. The
company has nearly 7,000 buses and 14,000 bus drivers.
has over 80,000 bus drivers across the country|
such a large fleet, Arriva in Luton say they believe they've found
a way to make their drivers and passengers among the safest in the
Out has been granted exclusive access to the very latest training
technology used by Arriva.
element of this training is a simulator, very similar to that used
by aircraft pilots. It is the only one of its kind in Europe.The
programme, including the simulator, was developed by Lisa Dorn from
Cranfield University in Bedford.
simulator allows practice in a safe environment|
programme is made up of simulator practice, psychometric testing
and physical training to ensure a healthy, stress-free body and
mind, a world away from the traditional teaching which involved
high speed bus driving!
simulator recreates various problem scenarios; children running
out into the road, windy roads, heavy traffic. The bus drivers
practice in the mock-up cab complete with wing mirrors. Trainee
drivers are marked on their success.
tests are used in the recruitment process. It is similar to
a questionnaire. Bus drivers answer questions about their skills
and how they cope in particular stressful situations. The tests
analyse whether the applicant has a suitable temperament to
drive a bus.
drivers fitness levels are also measured - healthy body, healthy
mind, lower stress levels.
they’re treating bus drivers in the same way they’re treating
jet airline pilots, then it’s got to be a good thing for road
transport all round."|
programme ensures that new bus drivers are well equipped to deal
with the stresses of life behind a wheel, which leads to safer buses,
safer passengers and safer roads for all.
next time you're stuck behind a bus with your stress levels rising,
think calm, happy thoughts, after all, it could be worse, you could
be driving it!