How Can I Know if My Tour Bus Is Safe to Ride?

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Whenever you’re participating in group travel, it could be a little upsetting to hand the reigns over to other people. Reserving a motorcoach for your upcoming group tour makes a lot of sense; they’re affordable, energy efficient, comfortable, and easily accommodate a large group. When you’re used to doing the driving, it might make you a little nervous to have someone else behind the wheel, especially if you don’t know them, their record, or the safety standards associated with their company.

If this induces you some anxiety and you’d like to do a little research before selecting a company for the job, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made a great resource for you to use. You can search different company names and see their ratings over the past 24 months in these five categories: unsafe driving, hours-of-service compliance, vehicle maintenance, controlled substances and alcohol, and driver fitness. By examining the records of a few companies that you are considering, you’ll manage to make the safest choice, based on the statistical history of each company.

On the Safety page, scroll down until you see the heading Company Safety Record Websites and select Search Bus/Passenger Carrier Safety Records from the options below. On the following page that will pull up, you’ll be able to search by company name or by the type of vehicle you plan to reserve (vans, buses, or limos, for example) and review their safety statistics.

In case the company you’re thinking about applying isn’t shown, call them directly to request their safety reports, and ask about how they select their drivers, what qualifications they have, how often the vehicle has routine maintenance examinations, and some other concerns or questions you might have. If they respond like it is an aggravation, keep in mind that you are giving them business, and your request is completely reasonable.

Knowledge is power, and by utilizing this feature or inquiring and calling from each company directly, you’ll have the ability to feel confident that your transportation specialist is both secure and reliable, and allow you to relax, knowing that your group is safe in their hands. Happy researching!

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