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Ferret
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Have just been watching the old US TV show "The Wonder Years" and was 'wondering' why all US school buses that you see on TV look the same.

School buses here are just like everyday buses and wear the colours of the company that they belong to.

Just wondering :)

 

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KindaScratchy
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All school buses in the US are yellow, as far as I know. It's probably a safety thing so that drivers can easily identify a school bus and stop when its loading or unloading kids. It's a law that drivers cannot pass a school bus (in either direction) if the red lights are flashing, which indicate loading/unloading. Most have a stop sign that swings out from the side when the red lights are on.

Do you have a similar law?

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@KindaScratchy 

Yes, we have very similar laws, except for colour.

Was also wondering why they are always 'long nose' rather than 'cab over' in regard to engine location.

 

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Hmmm. Now that you mention it, most of our school buses are that long nose style, but I have no idea why. I have occasionally seen the cab over style, but they are rare. Some communities also use smaller "stubby" looking buses that carry fewer students and even cars with a "school bus" sign on the roof.

You got me curious about this, so I googled it. This Wikipedia entry more or less answers your question. It seems to be wrapped up in the need for standardization both to meet U.S. federal regulations and to profitably market a consistent product.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_bus

Thanks for bringing this up. As my 10th grade biology teacher used to say: you learn something new every day. :)

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Ferret said
Was also wondering why they are always 'long nose' rather than 'cab over' in regard to engine location.

IDK, maybe the "cab-over" design would require the youngsters to go up and down more steps.

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Yep...learn something new every day... I thought yellow school buses were global...shows how much I get out and about. :)

 

but we do know this... "the wheels on the bus go round and round..." 

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coolpinkone said

but we do know this... "the wheels on the bus go round and round..." 

And now I have that ear worm in my head, thank you very much, Toni. LOL.

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I know "Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round" > I used to sing it to my kids all the time. Now I am gonna be playing it. > SWEET!!!!!!!!!!

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Here is the music @KindaScratchy @coolpinkone  @StoneDog 

Here is the music. I expect a 'post' now rofl

 

Diane. I gave that Wiki article a read. Interesting :) and answered the question. Thanks

 

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