Back to School Bus Safety
As the school year approaches, keep in mind that more buses and cars will be back on the road. Take a look at these back to school safety tips for drivers to keep you and your family safe on your daily commutes.
- Always keep your children out of the street and make sure they refrain from horseplay while waiting for the school bus.
- Be sure your children know the bus must come to a complete stop before getting on or off.
- When riding the bus, make sure your child understands the importance remaining seated and keeping their head and arms inside the bus at all times.
- Did you know the bus driver’s have a “blind spot”? Typically, this is the area from the front of the bus to about 10 feet out.
- If you’re driving behind a bus, give yourself a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. Allowing you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.
- Did you know? It’s illegal in all 50 states to pass a stopped school bus loading or unloading children.
- Remember when the yellow or red lights flash 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 when driving in school zone areas; children can be unpredictable who occasionally ignore hazards and take risks.
- Make sure to drive safely and be aware of everyone else on the road as school days tend to bring heavy traffic. With everyone going their separate ways, an accident is the last thing anyone needs.
- The two most important safety elements for drivers are to slow down and pay attention when kids are involved, especially before and after school.