Madison City Schools buses prepped for freezing temperatures

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - This past winter Madison City Schools was one of the lucky districts that didn't face too many cold weather problems.

"I think last cold snap we had to jump off one bus. So out of 63 [buses] that's pretty good," said Bobby Jackson, the district's Transportation Director.

Regardless of past, they're not getting lax as temperatures drop.  A common problem with diesel fueled vehicles, like buses, is when it gets too cold the fuel congeals. Jackson says they use an additive in their fuel that prevents that from happening.

"We just work every day on making sure they're in good working order. We check the batteries every time we do the inspection once a month, we make sure they have plenty of cranking amps," Jackson said.

In the mornings they will have two crew members at the bus depot at 6 a.m., making sure batteries are working and buses are running.

The drivers also arrive a little earlier on the freezing cold days. Madison City Schools has 18 spare buses. If one doesn't run, drivers can use  another bus.

"The drivers get here in plenty of time to do their pre-trip inspection. We know if one's not going to crank, so they can be on a different bus and hopefully everything's gonna be on time," Jackson said.

Early this year Morgan and Lawrence County schools had to cancel classes when buses refused to run.