Choosing an MFSAB: The Basics
Purchasing a multi-function school activity bus, better known as an MFSAB, for a daycare or school means taking a lot of factors into consideration. The decision is one of the most important a daycare provider will make. No matter the care taken by the driver, one must also concern themselves with drivers on the road. An MFSAB is able to provide protection and give parents peace of mind.
Being able to tailor the interior and exterior of the bus is important. Inside, a variety of seating arrangements and safety restraints permit passengers the utmost safety. Seat belts and built-in child seats ensure even the youngest riders remain safe in case of an accident. On the exterior, passengers can customize to draw awareness to their school. A great source of advertising, graphics can showcase the professional daycare setting.
When transporting passengers, and maybe more so for children, acquiring a comfortable temperature is important. A powerful air conditioner in the summer and a good heater in the winter are essential. Uncomfortable temperatures and children can provide unwanted situations for the caregivers. Other valuable features offered by an MFSAB include:
- Standard child checkmate system
- Easy reach driver’s switch panel
- Fire block upholstery
- PA system
- AM/FM/CD radio
- Emergency hatch and exit doors
- Heated exterior mirrors
- Integrated child seats
Which features will become necessary and which are exciting add-ons will depend on the daycare center. However, careful consideration of all features prior to purchase will help ensure the bus remains a member of the team for a long time to come.
Depending on the state of operation, special licenses are typical for the transportation of children or driving a bus of any size. If the daycare owner does not plan to be the driver, then anyone allowed to drive the bus should be vetted beforehand. Licenses, history, and job experience need review to ensure children are kept safe. Hiring someone with experience driving small children is also recommended.
Mechanical parts can break down no matter the vehicle. Careful consideration of the warranty available for a given vehicle should be part of the decision making process for anyone planning to buy a daycare bus. Some manufacturers offer a standard 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty to cover any problems encountered. No matter the warranty, always be sure to keep up-to-date on regular maintenance.
Choosing an MFSAB can be a challenge. With proper care and attention to detail, it is possible to select a bus to suit the needs of the daycare without causing excessive stress. Safety will always come first. Transporting children, especially other people’s children, carries many of responsibilities. Choosing a bus that will ensure their protection is just one step. Whether customization, added features, or warranty length the most important features will depend on the consumer. Considering options before beginning the process will make it that much easier.