Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency in cooperation with Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds, Marshall Michigan, has sponsored Defensive Driving training programs for school bus drivers since 1978. Drivers with one or more years of driving experience are eligible to participate. Training sessions vary each year depending on the facility's availability. Classes are offered June -August with class beginning at 7:45 am on Saturdays. You may enroll up to 12 drivers per class date. You may submit multiple registrations if you have more than 12 drivers to attend during the season. Enrollments are processed in the order they are received.
Eaton Proving Grounds is a secure facility, thus drivers will remain on the property during the training session. Drivers must provide picture identification and their own boxed lunch. Drivers successfully completing this course are eligible to receive their 6-hour Certificate of Continuing Education card, if they have not previously obtained a certificate from this program. An abbreviated version of the current Continuing Education curriculum is presented in a classroom setting.
Bus drivers receive behind the wheel training in small groups.
The exercises include:
- Serpentine Forward and Backward
- Evasive Maneuver
- Straight Braking
- Off Road Recovery
- Skid Control
We can not reserve a training date without the completed registration being submitted. Registration are submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The participant fee for the program is $70 for school personnel (bus drivers, mechanics, etc.) for non-school personnel ( i.e., police, fire, ambulance personnel, ect.) the fee is $80. Failure to cancel by June 1, 2018 will result in being charged the full fee for the program. You may enroll substitute drivers by contacting our office up to 3 days prior to the enrolled class date. It is recommended that you submit the completed registration form as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation by email with your assigned training date.