Originally Posted by brokedown
If they match pretty closely it might be reliable. The hours won't really map well though, consider that a separate statistic. Some people idle buses for hours and hours not going anywhere, some people don't.
every school district has different dynamics.. some districts rotate busses on different types of routes.. others give a driver a bus and let them drive it on the same route year after year..
for instance the busses in my neighborhood are barely run ,long enoiugh to warm up.. the schools are relatively close and kid density is high.. the the bus comes from the bus barn cold.. gets to my neighborhood and idles its way through filling up in a short time.. then goes to the school where it then sits till the driver goes on another route in my neighborhood for the elementary kids (they go later).. im sure she just lets the bus idle in that school lot.. then it gets put away till afternoon (or possibly a field trip)..
that bus has been the same one for years now.. its a 2013.. its going to have a much higher hours to miles ratio than say the one i see which runs and picks up the kids on the outskirts of town which gets run up the highway from place to place..
that said, the first bus mentioned is likely never fully warmed up.. so may have more maintenance issues than bus 2 which gets warmed up and run well every day..