Motorcoach Safety

Your safety is important to Kelly Tours. This page is dedicated to providing our bus charter clients with all of the information needed to travel safely.

MOTORCOACH SAFETY VIDEO

Please watch the video below for safety instructions while traveling onboard one of our deluxe motorcoaches. If you have any questions please call a friendly Kelly Tours Travel specialist at (912) 964-2010 or (800) 442-6152.


 


DRIVER FATIGUE and what it means to you

In contracting for bus service, you assume that the trip will be a safe one. You should. Bus transportation is the safest on the highway. However, analysis of serious highway accidents that do involve buses often point to driver fatigue as a major cause. Economic, consumer and scheduling demands often drive this problem; however, driver fatigue can produce deadly results. Studies prove that drivers who suffer from fatigue experience:

    1. Reduced alertness to conditions around the vehicle
    2. Distractions by irrelevant stimuli which interfere with their concentration
    3. Lapses in attention
    4. Slower reaction time in critical situations
    5. Adverse effects on memory, reasoning, communicating, decision making and an increased number of operating errors

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has restrictions on how long a driver can operate a commercial vehicle. The “Hours of Service” rules are sensible guidelines for safe operation of the vehicle. Different rules apply to drivers operating in Canada and Mexico. The USDOT regulation 395.10 restricts a driver’s actual on-the-road time. The rule has three componenents:

    1. 10 Hour Rule – A driver cannot drive more than 10 hours following eight (8) consecutive hours off- duty (adverse conditions and emergency situations are exceptions).
    2. 15 Hour Rule – After 15 hours on-duty (driving and on-duty not driving) a driver cannot continue driving until eight (8) consecutive hours off-duty are taken. On-duty not driving includes time for pre-trip inspecting, meal times and delays.
    3. 70 Hours Rule – On-duty time cannot exceed 70 hours for any period of eight (8) consecutive days.


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if a bus breaks down?

Our drivers have been trained in the steps to take in case of a breakdown or needed repair. On call managers are assigned on a 24/7  schedule to assist a group should a repair need or breakdown occur. Our motorcoach suppliers provide a 24/7 emergency call center to assist with technical problems, towing services, maintenance facilities and replacement equipment. Our membership in GMOA (Georgia Motorcoach Association) and ABA (American Bus Association) provides a nationwide network to enable Kelly Tours to replace a vehicle where ever one may be needed. Every effort will be made to ensure passengers safety, comfort and to incur the least possible impact on their itinerary.

What happens if there is an accident or emergency?

Should an accident or a physical emergency occur, contact 911 immediately. Our drivers have been trained in the steps to take in case of an accident and have accident reporting kits onboard.

What happens if there are other unforeseen issues or problems?

While every effort is made to ensure your trip goes smoothly as planned, sometimes unforeseen issues may arise. If Kelly Tours has made arrangements for you, all issues with hotels, meals, programs, etc will be handled either by your Kelly Tours Escort traveling with you or by one of our 24/7 emergency  staff.

What if I have a passenger with a disability?

disabled logo(1)At Kelly Tours we encourage passengers with disabilities to travel with us and are here to meet the transportation needs of all passengers, with the respect and dignity which you deserve. We provide assistance with boarding and departing the bus, special handling and transferring of luggage, and the storage and retrieval of mobility devices. More online information for our disabled travelers will be posted soon. In the meantime, please call one of our friendly group travel specialists with any questions, concerns or to ensure we are able to meet your needs for an upcoming trip.


 

CERTIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Kelly Tours is proud to be an active member of both motorcoach and travel professional organizations, as well as local business organizations. Our memberships are listed below:

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Proof of Insurance

Verified and shown on the US Department of Transportation’s website. $5 Million in Coverage and an additional $1 Million in General Liability Coverage


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Federal Motor Carrier

Public snapshot of our motor carrier safety performance including inspection data on the US Department of Transportation website.


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Georgia Motorcoach Operators Association

Kelly Tours president, Don Adams, serves as the current GMOA president


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American Bus Association

Kelly Tours president, Don Adams, serves as the current GMOA president


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DOD Approved

We are one of the few motorcoach transportation companies to be approved by the Department of Defense to carry military personnel and their families.


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