Drive to Professional Service
JAUNT strives to provide the safest public transportation service available. We maintain a constant high level of safety and professionalism that stem from our progressive safety and training programs. As a result of this extensive training curriculum, JAUNT maintains an outstanding safety record. In FY 2008 we traveled over 1.7 million miles and averaged one preventable accident every 91,949 miles!
Upon hiring, our drivers enter an intensive 40 hour driver training program that goes above and beyond other transit organizations. Our CDL qualified drivers undergo classroom and on-the-road defensive driving classes at hire and attend refresher courses throughout the year. These classes cover basic defensive driving techniques such as following distance, mirror use, speed management, and space management, but we also cover road user hazards such as dealing with distracted, impaired, or confused drivers, and road hazards such as construction, inclement weather, night driving, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
JAUNT drivers must also take a Passenger Assistance and Safety (PASS) certification course that trains our drivers in special procedures for handling our passengers including assistance between the bus and their building, wheelchair handling and securement, and emergency procedures. JAUNT is a Drug-Free Workplace, and our employees are subject to pre-hire drug tests as well as random and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol tests.
If an accident were to occur in or around our vehicle, JAUNT drivers have successfully completed OSHA required Blood borne Pathogens courses and are certified in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In addition, JAUNT provides training in Safety and Security Awareness based on Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines that covers suspicious persons, suspicious packages, fire safety, and emergency evacuation procedures.
After completing this thorough training program, new drivers are then released to pick up customers with the aid of an On-the-Job Coach. This coach is an experienced JAUNT driver who has completed additional training to serve as a mentor and on-the-road instructor for the new hire. After a few weeks of job coaching and the successful completion of supervisor check-rides, this employee is ready to pick you up and safely and courteously take you to your destination!