For thousands of children nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus; hence the focus on school bus safety.
The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the school bus. Before children go back to school or start school for the first time, it is essential that adults and children know traffic safety rules.
School buses are a safer 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.
Whether children walk, are dropped off by their parents or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they – and the motorists around them – take proper safety precautions. Here are a few noteworthy ones with respect to school buses:
- While waiting for the school bus, stay in a safe place on the pavement.
- The school bus driver and others cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 feet to the bus. Stay out of the danger zone and stand at least 5 giant steps away from the school bus.
- Wait until the school bus stops, the door is opened and the driver/conductor says it is okay before stepping onto the bus.
- Learn how to use the seat belt correctly and ask an adult conductor/ the driver for help to belt-up.
- Do not put your hands out of the school bus even when it is moving. Do not put your head out to look back and wave.
- If something falls under the bus, tell the driver…do not try to pick it up yourself.
- Be alert to traffic. When you get off the school bus, look left, look right and left again before you cross the street and remember to always cross in front of the bus. Schools must however insist that the bus conductor crosses with the children at all times.
Pedestrian Safety For Kids
While it is important for children to know about road safety rules and regulations, they should not be given more information than they can handle. Here are a few basic road safety rules for kids that you can begin with:
1. Know your signals
2. Stop, look, and cross
3. Pay attention – listen
4. Don’t run & play on roads
5. Always use sidewalks
6. Use zebra crossings and walk-over bridges
8. Never cross roads at bends
9. Don’t rush
10. Ask for help
Back-to-school season is in full effect. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and cyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school.