Do's And Don'ts Of Booking A Bus Charter Service For A School Trip

Booking a bus charter is often the best option when you need to transport a large group of people from point A to point B. However, when you're reserving a bus charter for a school trip, such as a field trip or sporting event, there are some special considerations that need to be kept in mind in terms of transporting children of various ages.

Read on to explore a few of the most important do's and don'ts of selecting a bus charter service for a school trip.

DO Obtain Proof of Insurance

When transporting kids from point A to point B, safety should be the absolute biggest concern. Therefore, you'll need to start by making sure that any company you're considering has a valid business license and proof of insurance. To be safe, consider contacting the insurance company and verifying that the coverage is valid; don't just take the company's word for it.

Also, be sure to check that the bus drivers hired by the company have valid licenses and sound safety records. You should be able to find this out by requesting incident records from the city or municipality office where the charter company is located.

DON'T Make Any Assumptions

You'd probably assume that a charter bus would come equipped with restrooms, right? What about WiFi and televisions? Well, this isn't always the case. To avoid frustration, don't make any assumptions about what the charter bus will have. Instead, find out for sure before booking. Since you're going to be traveling with kids, you'll want to make sure that you have at least one restroom on-board or that your bus driver is willing to make pit stops along the way. To keep children entertained, it may also be worth it to find a bus equipped with televisions and perhaps even Internet access.

DON'T Forget Chaperones

Finally, when determining how many people will be riding in the bus (and thus figuring out what size bus you need to rent), don't forget to count any adult chaperones that will be in attendance! This is a common mistake that people make when booking a bus charter, and it can result in a lot of problems come the day of the school trip. To be safe, consider renting out a charter bus that's slightly larger than what you think you'll need. This way, you can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing there will be plenty of room for everybody.

To learn more, contact a company like Rochester Shuttle Express with any questions you have.