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CE SERIES

Capacity: 29-78

Engine: Cummins B6.7

PSI 8.8L Propane

RE SERIES

Capacity: 66-90

Engine: Cummins L9

 
 

CE SERIES

Capacity: 52

Engine: Cummins B6.7

RE SERIES

Capacity: 56

Engine: Cummins L9

 
 

THE
BUS STOP

Every day 15 million students ride to school on an IC Bus. These are stories about the community of drivers, managers and engineers who help protect our students all year long.

 
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Why I Drive: Jennette Visser

The four-time winner of the Michigan bus “Roadeo,” is the best bus driver in her state and the seventh best in the U.S.

 Photos: Courtesy Jennette Visser

Seth Putnam

Photos: Courtesy Jennette Visser

ICR: What exactly is involved in a bus “Roadeo”?

JV: Usually there’s a written test of general knowledge, and then you go out into the parking lot and you have 10 to 12 obstacles you have to maneuver through or stop within a few inches. Every obstacle has a point value, and you get counted off if you don’t do it perfectly. A perfect score is zero to three inches away. The best score I’ve ever received was actually this year: 690 out of 750 total points. 

 

ICR: What kind of obstacles are we talking about?

JV: Railroad tracks, straight-line tests, offset alleys, clearance tests, parallel parking, and of course driving through a line of cones.

 

ICR: Such precise skills must come in handy in the real world. What’s the craziest situation you’ve ever had to navigate on your route?

JV: We drive some dirt roads, and in the wintertime I got [stuck going] up this big hill where there was such deep snow that the bus wouldn’t go any farther. So I ended up having to back down the hill. It was dark that morning on a tight road with fields on both sides. Backing up using your mirrors becomes very important!

 

ICR: In cases like that, it probably comes in handy to have your bus adjusted exactly how you want it.

JV: Absolutely. It’s funny: One time, I didn’t get to use my own bus in the roadeo, so I had to sit on a book in order to compete. You make the bus your own. I’ve got my seat just where I like it: up high enough, forward far enough, the steering wheel tilted just right. Everything is adjusted for me to drive. You drive it every day, so you know how it feels, and you know how it sounds.

I’ve driven other buses, but I have to say I love IC Bus’s products. They’re the perfect fit for me. These are the only buses I like to drive, and I don’t want to drive anything else.

 

ICR: What has it been like to be responsible for students’ safety all these years?

JV: You get to know the kids, and they become just like your friends and family. I’ve taken them all the way up through high school, and it’s wonderful to see them grow. You get 70-some personalities, and you’re the captain of the ship. Ultimately, student safety comes first, and your job is to get them there in one piece.

 

For the past 10 years, IC Bus has held strong as the best-selling bus manufacturer in the industry. Why? Because at IC Bus, we design our vehicles to protect the people that ride them, day in and day out.

We are proud to be a part of Navistar, one of the world's leading manufacturers of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Since 1831, our history has been interwoven with some of the biggest innovations in the industry. Wherever ingenuity drives global markets, you'll find Navistar taking the lead.

Browse our
Global Portfolio