New technology means it’s not your grandparent’s yellow bus anymore

How did you get to school?  (Back in the day when you were going to school.)

Whatever age you are today — the odds are good that back then, somebody drove you.  Maybe your mom or dad.

Maybe a bus driver.

Or maybe you carpooled with other kids.  But almost 9 of every 10 kids going to school, ride in a car or a bus to school.  That’s true today, ten years ago, twenty years ago — and beyond.

If you’re wondering about the who-goes-how, by the way, the Federal Highway Administration says more than half of kids travel by car (or SUV, or pickup), and another third of students ride the yellow school bus.

Of course the ride to school has changed some over those years.  Cars have certainly changed — more connected, fewer emissions, better safety features — but even the classic yellow school bus has made strides.

Your school bus (ok, your kids’ school bus) might even have wi-fi these days — so kids can finish their homework, or that game, on the ride to school.  New clean diesel technology means that more and more of those yellow school buses have close to zero nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions.  And the route today’s school bus takes might be designed by algorithm — which means the ride is not only faster for the kids, but more fuel-efficient, for all of us.

By the way, if you’re now one of those parents driving kids, here are some tips for getting your car ready for back to school…

(FUEL TIPS:  GET MORE OUT OF YOUR CAR)

And however today’s students travel to school — it certainly beats “When I was your age, we walked ten miles to school, in the snow, without shoes.”  Haven’t heard that one before?  Google it –on the way to school.

Click here to read more about what’s new, what’s next and what it means for you.

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