Please, thank your bus drivers

Wyatt Ko

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April 21, 2020
Please, thank your bus drivers

Being a school bus driver is no easy task, they deal with early and long hours, rotten children, and terrible drivers.

Waking up at six o’clock is difficult as a teenager going to school, but bus drivers sometimes must wake up as early as 4 o’clock! Driving for hours on end is a very strenuous activity on the body although it may not seem like it. A study done by the University of Leicester in the UK has found that people who drive for more than two hours a day see a decline in IQ over a 5-year period. The same effect is seen in people who watch TV for more than 3 hours a day. Not only that but commercial drivers are known to have chronic back injuries and cardiovascular issues.

These are serious issues that can completely ruin somebody’s life. On top of these serious issues, there are the children on the bus that show no respect to the driver. Many drivers must deal with children that are yelling and jumping around the bus and overall making their job more difficult.

“It’s better to drive in the mornings, even though it’s harder to wake up, the teenagers usually aren’t awake enough to cause issues for me.” Said a Kaysville Jr. High bus driver.

The average pay for a school bus driver is approximately $14-$16. Being paid with these low wages, while having low hours and rotten work environment it is easy to see that the life of a school bus driver is no easy task. So please, thank your bus Driver.