HAMPDEN – Bus drivers from all over met at Hampden Academy on Thursday to put their skills to the test.
“What it is, it’s testing the drivers skills so that they’re aware of where their bus is. It’s really so they understand the perception when they’re looking in their mirrors, what are they really seeing?” said David leavitt, President of the Maine Association for Pupil Transportation.
The drivers took to the road tackling various obstacles, including driving through cones and tennis balls and completing an inspection search. After each obstacle, the drivers were given a score..
“It was fun. It was a little nerve-wracking but it was fun,” said Pam Small, a contestant in the competition.
While this obstacle course is a fun way for drivers to perfect their skills, the most important thing, and the reason behind this competition… The safety of our children.
“I mean, we transport the most precious cargo in maine and that’s our students. We need to make sure we have good trained drivers keeping our kids safe and that’s what it’s all about,” said Leavitt.
The winners of today’s competition will go on to the finals this July in Sugarloaf.