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School Bus Safety

Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Help your kids get a gold star by following these school bus safety tips.

The Hard Facts

School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

Top Tips for School Bus Safety

  1. Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  2. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  3. If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it's safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  4. Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  5. Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.  
  6. Slow down and stop if you're driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.

Learn More

Want more tips about how to keep your kids safe on or around school buses? Read more from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

 
 
  • School days bring congestion: Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.

    It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

     

    If You're Dropping Off

     

    Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following apply to all school zones:

     

    • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
    • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
    • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school

     

    Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

     

    According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

     

    • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
    • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
    • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
    • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
    • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
    • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
    • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

     

    Sharing the Road with School Buses

     

    If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

     

    • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
    • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
    • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
    • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

     

    Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

     

    On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

    • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
    • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
    • If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
    • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
    • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
    • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
    • Check side mirrors before opening your door

     

    By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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