Relax… you’re in good hands!
One of the most frequently asked questions from first time bookers is “Are motorcoaches safe?” We love this question because we can answer very emphatically… YES!
Each year in the United States, over 7 million people choose to use charter busses in good measure because they are extremely safe. In fact, when you choose to ride on a motorcoach, you are 1097 times safer then riding in your own car.
This safety level is no accident and it is something that we work on day in and day out. From the way our motorcoaches are built to the maintenance they undergo, to how we train the drivers, everything we do has our passenger’s safety in mind.
Your safety should always be your top priority and more importantly, the top priority of the company you work with. Understanding what makes a safe operator is the first step in being able to choose one to work with.
The first part of being a safe operator is the safety and condition of the equipment being operated. In this industry, there is a common misconception that all charter buses are fundamentally the same. Although this may have been the case the day they rolled off the assembly line, the way in which they are maintained can be the key difference when it comes to your safety. Checking this can be as simple as checking the FMCSA operator database to see how they have performed during roadside inspections in the past. You can find that information here. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/PCS/Consumers.aspx. This can be a great indicator of what they have done in the past and what they will probably do in the future.
The next key to safety is the quality of the drivers that the company employs. Drivers are the airline captains of the road. They are the ones primarily responsible for your safety once you step aboard. How those drivers are trained and managed can make a major difference when it comes to your group’s safety. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) recommends that those booking motorocoach travel ask 3 questions when it comes to driver safety and training.
Does the driver hold a current Commercial Driver’s License with a “passenger” endorsement?
Does the driver hold a valid medical certificate?
Does the company have a driver drug/alcohol testing program that complies with DOT regulations?
These are the bare minimum requirements expected of operators when it comes to drivers, however, there are also other questions you can ask that will more clearly focus the light on their commitment to your safety.
What does your driver training program include?
How do you ensure that your drivers are well rested and ready to drive?
If you are going to subcontract out my move, what will you do to ensure that the company has the same safety standards that you do?
These questions are ones that any reputable operator will be happy to answer. Don’t be shy when it comes to your safety. Unfortunately in this industry, like all others, there are those who do a great job when it comes to safety, and those who do not.
We know that you would never do anything to willfully jeopardize your safety. We also know that if you will take a few extra minutes before you book, you can ensure that you are making a safe decision.
Every day we work to keep the most important thing, the most important thing. In our business, the most important thing will always be your safety. We pride ourselves on our safety record and our commitment to it at every turn. We also work to ensure that our drivers are the safest drivers on the road and are constantly looking for ways to help make them even safer.
Your safety matters to us and we look forward to showing you what we do to keep you safe. We know you have choices when you book your motorcoach travel, and we look forward to showing you why so many people choose us as their transportation provider.