Transportation Strategies for the Chronically Ill and Disabled
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Transportation Strategies for the Chronically Ill and Disabled

Hi, my name is Jill. After my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, we decided that we didn't want him to spend his last few remaining years sitting around. Instead, we decided to start travelling. We travelled using many different types of transportation, and throughout our sometimes challenging adventures, I learned how to deal with transportation and Parkinson's. To help others who are in the same boat (transportation pun intended), I decided to create a blog devoted to transportation and chronic illnesses or disabilities. In these posts, I plan to look at everything from choosing transportation to travelling safely. Please, explore my blog and enjoy your travels!

Transportation Strategies for the Chronically Ill and Disabled

School Bus Rental Tips

Jesus Collins

A school bus service is your best bet when planning a school excursion. The general principle is to conduct due diligence to ensure the rented bus is the right fit for your needs. Below is an extract with some intricate details on renting a school bus. 

How a Choose a School Bus Service 

The rental company's reputation may not be a concern for most people. However, it would help if you considered reputable companies since they guarantee a memorable experience and value for your money. There are several ways to assess the rental company's reputation. First, you could examine reviews from previous clients on the company's social media and business pages. Alternatively, you could check whether the company has certifications from government agencies or school associations. Finally, ask the company to send you its terms and conditions. You need to examine the following; 

  • What activities does the company restrict on the bus? For instance, some companies will prohibit the kids from littering on the bus or conducting activities that could distract the driver.
  • Does the company offer emergency services? For example, the bus could break down or suffer an accident. In this case, you need a company that provides emergency repairs or an alternative means of transport.
  • Does the company restrict your travels to a particular geographical location? This will be important if you intend to travel outside the state or country.
  • Assess whether the company has the insurance coverage needed to cover its clients. After all, you would not want the parents to cover medical bills in case of an accident.

How to Choose a Bus

Most people will only assess the passenger capacity when choosing a bus. However, consider the following;

  • What is the bus's condition? For instance, smoking and oil leaks are a red flag that your trip could be cut short by mechanical troubles.
  • Does the bus have essential amenities such as a modern music system, seat belts, a washroom and charging ports? They go a long way in guaranteeing your comfort.
  • Does the bus have sufficient ground clearance? It comes in handy when planning an off-road trip.
  • Does the bus have adequate storage space? Remember, your students could have a lot of baggage. 

How to Negotiate 

Ask the company for a quote after providing your travel itinerary. The secret is to negotiate creatively. For example, you could ask management to offer discounts to any tourist destinations you could be visiting. Alternatively, the company could provide a long-term rental contract if you need the bus for several days. Finally, pit the company's rate against its completion.  

For more information about school bus hire, contact a local company.