With the end of the school year approaching and summer break just around the corner, it’s important for school bus owners and operators to get ready for the off-season. Proper maintenance and storage strategies are key to keeping the buses in good condition when the new school year begins.
Here is some helpful advice on preparing your school bus for the summer break!
Conduct a Thorough Inspection and Perform Maintenance
Before parking your school bus for the summer break, conducting a thorough inspection is crucial to identify any mechanical issues or signs of wear. Check the engine, brakes, tires, and lights to ensure they are in proper working order. Address any necessary repairs and perform routine maintenance tasks such as oil changes and filter replacements. It’s also good to check the bus’s fluid levels and top them off if needed.
Clean and Detail the Interior and Exterior
Keeping your school bus in good condition requires a thorough cleaning both inside and outside. Start by removing any trash or debris from the interior, then vacuum the floors and seats. Use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down all surfaces for added cleanliness. On the outside, wash the bus well to remove dirt and grime. You may also want to apply a protective wax coating to help preserve the paint and protect against damage from the sun’s UV rays.
Protect Against Pest Infestations
During the summer, pests may enter unattended vehicles like school buses. Seal any gaps, cracks, or holes in the bus to avoid infestations. You can also use pest repellents or strategically place traps inside the bus to avoid unwanted critters. Check the bus regularly during the off-season to catch any pest-related issues before they become a bigger problem.
Choose the Right Bus Storage Option
Proper storage is crucial to protect your school bus from the elements and potential damage during the summer break. Explore suitable storage options, such as covered parking, indoor storage facilities, or specially designed bus storage areas. Ensure the storage space is secure, well-ventilated, and protects against extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, and moisture.
At Las Vegas Bus Sales, we understand the importance of maintaining and preparing school buses to operate at full capacity. If you find one of your buses is not up to standard, we have a wide selection of new and used ones to add to your fleet. Whether you’re transporting students, sports teams, church members, private parties, or anyone else, we’ll set you up with the perfect bus to meet your needs!