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Bus Driving Ergonomics

Bus driving ergonomics safety talk

Driving a bus for long periods of time or even for short spurts all day can be hard on the body. This obviously comes on top of other difficult tasks such as controlling activities on the bus and constantly opening and shutting the doors as well as checking and securing surroundings at each stop. There are several things that can be done to lessen the risk for injury.

Seat Positioning:

  • Take time to get familiar with seat adjustments and ensure they are positioned correctly
  • Adjust the seat until there is a comfortable reach to the pedals and steering wheel; arms should be at a slight angle
  • Ensure knees are not in higher alignment than hips
  • The drivers entire back should be able to comfortably rest against the seat for support
  • The front of the seat should not press into the back of the knee
  • Thighs should be completely supported by the seat
  • Ensure the seat and the suspension beneath are in good condition
  • Provide lumbar support either through the chair controls or with an additional cushion

Tips for Driving Comfortably:

  • Make slight changes in hand positioning often and be mindful that grip is not too tight
  • Make minor adjustments in the sitting position every 30 minutes to relieve pressure to any one area
  • If needed add an extra pad or cushion for additional support
  • Adjust mirrors to avoid leaning to see
  • Have all regularly used items within direct reach before departing

After the drive:

  • Give the body time to adjust once the trip is complete; get out, walk around, stretch and loosen up
  • Take care to exit the vehicle safely using the provided grab bars and steps


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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