Beyond the wheel, what it takes to be a Connecticut school bus driver

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Behind the wheel, Pam Carlson drives with her head and heart.

“I love it,” said Brookfield Bus Driver Pam Carlson.

She imparts the same message to her students everyday.

Carlson says, “Have a great day everybody, learn something new, do something nice.”

Forty 40 bus drivers are learning something new today. They’re going over all the changes for the state’s commercial driver’s license test. They trained in a Waterbury parking lot and plan to spread the training to the 100 new All Star Transportation drivers who drive in 41 towns across the state. Those towns include Ansonia, Seymour, and Derby.

“There’s a lot of stuff going out on the roadway and the driver needs to focus not only on the road but the kids on the bus,” said Safety Supervisor Brenda Bass.

At the training on Friday, they went over Pre-trip checking out the whole bus before they step on the gas. Plus, they practice parallel parking on both sides of the road in addition to safe pick-up and drop-off procedures.

Bass said, “I think if they’re confident in their driving and they’re confident in handling the students well, then they can handle whatever comes their way.”

If Carlson spreads the word to other drivers as effectively as she’s spread her message to students, they’ll have a responsible fleet.

Carlson said, “One of my 8th on the last day of school printed out what I say and he gave me a printed copy of that and he says I will always cherish you wished me this everyday and that was really special.”

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