Driver fatigue – a tired bus driver is extremely dangerous. Many people have heard the comparison of sleepy driving to drunk driving and a parallel can be drawn. This often is a problem with company policy not providing enough break time for drivers.
Aggressive driving – bus drivers have a very stressful job – they must navigate traffic and deal with many people throughout the day or night. An overworked, underappreciated driver may exhibit excess stress, leading to careless or erratic behavior. There are federally regulated hours of service for bus drivers that must be adhered to. Bus drivers are required to maintain logs of their work and rest hours. These logs may be useful in court. Bus drivers on a tight schedule may feel pressure to travel at faster speeds than is wise. This is especially dangerous in bad weather or in combination with fatigue.
Poor vehicle condition – sometimes bus companies try to cut costs by neglecting to repair their buses or to use subpar mechanics. Federal law requires bus companies to keep maintenance logs, which may help determine the cause of an accident.
Driving under the influence – unfortunately, some drivers do use alcohol or other drugs while operating their vehicles. Perhaps it is the stress of the job, but under any circumstance it is unacceptable. Bus companies have a legal obligation to investigate the background of their employees when hiring.