School buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road.
School buses travel an average of 260,000,000 combined miles per day in the United States, ferrying over 25 million kids to and from school. Fewer than 10 school-aged children are killed each year while riding on school buses.
Those statistics aside, school buses are known to create unsafe conditions. The constant starting and stopping of buses creates risky traffic patterns. Children walking to or from a bus are at heightened risk of being struck by buses, as are passing pedestrians. Over 140 pedestrians are killed each year in school vehicle-related incidents.
School bus tracking technology may help alleviate some of the safety risks of bus transportation. Initially designed with transportation managers in mind, bus trackers have evolved far beyond their proven ROI. They're fast-becoming a tool parents rely on to keep their children safe, one commute at a time.
GPS tracking devices offer something parents have longed for for decades: transparency. As inconvenient as it is for kids to wait in the rain for a bus to show up or to run to the bus stop to make their ride in time, it's also unsafe. By allowing parents to track a bus' whereabouts in real-time, new technology encourages kids to spend less time on curbs and more time in the safety of their homes.
A primary benefit of bus tracking tech is that bus routes can be streamlined. Although deadly school bus accidents are rare, reducing the amount of time kids spend on buses inevitably reduces risk, too. Additionally, studies have shown that kids with long bus commutes tend to perform worse at school.
Bus trackers aren't all created equal. UbicaBus integrates GPS technology with an easy-to-use mobile app; we also offer schools options such as on-board video recording and fleet diagnostics. It's our goal to use technology to make your kids safer.
Questions about how your school district can implement bus tracking technology? It's time.
Reach out to UbicaBus today to get started.