School buses are designed to be safe in snowy conditions, but that doesn’t mean they don’t slide off the road from time to time. In this case, the school bus here slid into a ditch after the rear tires caught the edge of the road. They called the tow trucks in, but they were getting stuck just trying to get to the bus. Luckily, this guy brought his Ford F-250 to the rescue. Being much lighter than a tow truck, he was able to hook his truck up to the bus without getting stuck. You’ll see that this is a full-sized bus, though, so it’s going to be anything but easy for the F-250 to pull it out and get it back on the road.
A Full-Sized School Bus
There are smaller school buses out there that can carry 20 or 30 kids, but this one is one of the big boys. A bus this size can carry up to 70 kids (K-6 age), as it has anywhere from 22 to 24 seats that can fit up to 3 per seat. Let’s take a look at the dimensions of a typical school bus this size to give you a better idea of the difficult task this truck is up against.
- Weighs roughly 30,000 pounds
- Just under 10 feet tall
- Approximately 8 feet wide
- About 40 feet long
Interestingly, there are regulations on school bus size that set the maximum length at 40 feet and the maximum width at 8 feet, 6 inches.
How Safe Are School Buses?
As mentioned, school buses are equipped with a wide range of safety features and, like other vehicles, the features are improving as time goes on. To see how far this safety has come, you can take a look at what the newest Blue Bird Vision buses have to offer:
- Safety cage with one-piece roof bow system
- Fuel tank mounted between frame rails for extra security
- Improved driver visibility
- Meets Colorado Rack Test rollover specifications
You’ll notice how these safety features would be important in the snowy conditions. You may not think that school buses are particularly safe, but they’re actually designed to be safer than other automobiles. Their structure and weight is a major factor in their safety, and they are also typically equipped with high-tread tires. Unfortunately, those tires couldn’t get them out of this jam once the bus started rolling into the ditch.
Does This Ford F-250 Have What It Takes?
The most important number here is the weight of the bus. Also, the fact that it’s in a ditch obviously makes pulling it out much more difficult than if it was just stuck on the road. The Ford F-250 has some impressive capabilities, but is it enough to rescue this bus? My best guess would be that this is a 2007 F-250, so let’s see what that particular edition brings to the table to get a better idea:
- 6.0-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine
- Electro-hydraulic fuel injection
- 325 horsepower at 3,300 rpm
- 570 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm
- Can tow up to 11,000 pounds
- GVCW of 23,500 pounds
- Base curb weight of 6,395 pounds
- Mud grappler tires (according to owner)
How the 2016 F-250 Compares
So that’s what the F-250 Power Stroke was capable of nearly 10 years ago, but it’s always fun to see how far a truck has come in that amount of time. A new 2016 F-250 Power Stroke would be even more capable of getting this bus out of the ditch, as it has these specs:
- 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine
- 440 horsepower at 2,800 rpm
- 860 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm
- Can tow up to 14,000 pounds
You could certainly be more confident with the 2016 model equipped with those mud grappler tires given the performance improvements made over the years. The 2007 F-250, though, was one of the most powerful in its class at the time (and still is), and you will be entertained seeing its power on display here.
Burning Rubber in the Snow
The snow on the road is a few inches deep and the bus is in even deeper snow. The towing rope is quite long, but it kind of has to be in this situation because it’s better for the truck to be on higher ground to get better grip. It’s pretty awesome to see the F-250’s tires spinning and smoke rising up from the snow along with listening to that Power Stroke engine. Once the truck is able to get some traction, a successful result looks promising. Take a look.