School districts around the U.S. are proudly making the switch to propane autogas school buses. Why? On top of offering the lowest total cost-of-ownership and reducing harmful emissions around students, drivers, and technicians, propane autogas buses operate noticeably quieter than diesel buses.
Engine noise plays a significant role in ensuring the safety of passengers. When a school bus driver has a quieter environment inside the bus, he or she can better hear what’s going on outside the vehicle and what’s happening behind them. Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. The quieter operation of propane autogas school buses helps drivers concentrate on the road ahead, and allows them to respond quickly if necessary.
Unfortunately, aides are not available on all school buses and the driver is responsible for responding to serious situations like medical emergencies or bullying. In these cases, the quieter propane autogas bus makes it easier for drivers to be more aware and respond swiftly.
“The propane bus is just so quiet,” said Carol Patchen, driver for St. Francis Independent School District in Minnesota. “The kids aren’t as noisy; they don’t have to talk so loud. And for me, I can hear what’s on the outside, too.” Read the full article here.