In Houston County, 235 school buses are on the road on a typical day.

There are seven mirrors on a school bus, each hitting a different angle to ensure all sides are covered.

"We teach our drivers to look into those mirrors, how to move around, how to look at all points in the mirror and if ever in doubt, get up and make sure you put that brake on and get on out of that seat and look," says head driver trainer Nancy Bernard.

Besides checking out blind spots, there's a safety arm that sweeps the front of the bus when it stops, gently nudging children out of the way.

"It's been stressed over and over to me that what you can see might not be enough," says driver trainee Felix St. Peter.

That's one of many lessons bus drivers learn before they get behind the wheel.

"Pretty much what we do as far as what's required in a license is pretty standard throughout the state," says transportation director Frank Scott.

In Houston County, there are nearly 200 school bus drivers, all of whom took a three-week course to become certified.

"A minimum of a 12-hour classroom training program and then we put drivers through outside training," says Bernard.

And that's where we find Felix St. Peter. He's got a week to go but many more miles before he gets a bus route.

"It's really deep to know that you have 30 to 60 kids who depend on you each day to get them to school and back home," he says.

It's that responsibility that requires heightened attention and foresight to make sure students are safe and accidents avoided.

"Always be expecting them to step out on a curb always expect them to, you know, when you're pulling into a neighborhood for some kid to run across the street to chase a ball," Bernard says.

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