Teach Your Young Scholars the Basics of School Bus Safety

Posted by Safeco August 24, 2015
School Bus Safety Tips

Tips for Riding To/From School Safely

For more than 20 million students, the school day begins and ends with a ride on the bus.

The daily round trip is so routine, in fact, that both parents and students alike can take some common safety precautions for granted. And, that can be dangerous.

Each year many children are injured and several are even tragically killed in accidents involving school buses. (The greatest risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, comes in approaching or leaving the bus, not in riding it.) So, take some time to review these safety tips, and go over them with your children. It's one way you can help see to it that their daily routine is a safe one.

Waiting for the Bus

  • Walk, don't run, to the bus stop. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
  • Get to the stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • At the stop, wait in a safe place away from the road. Don't run or play while waiting.
  • Line up at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the street as the bus approaches.
  • Wait until the bus has stopped, the door has opened and the driver has signaled that it's okay before stepping onto the roadway.
  • Use the handrail when stepping onto the bus.

Riding the Bus

  • Be careful with clothing and backpacks that have drawstrings or other attachments that can get caught on handrails and doors.
  • Find a seat and sit down facing forward for the entire trip.
  • Don't dangle anything, including arms and hands, or put your head out the window.
  • Keep aisles and emergency exits clear at all times.
  • Never play with the emergency exits.
  • Speak quietly to avoid distracting the driver, and keep your hands to yourself.
  • Talk to the driver, a teacher or your parents about any behavior on the bus that makes you uncomfortable.

Leaving the Bus

  • Wait for a complete stop before standing, then walk to the front and exit using the handrail.
  • Walk at least three giant steps away from the bus when you get off.
  • Never walk behind the bus, and stay away from the wheels at all times.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the driver before you try to pick it up.
  • If you cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or the side of the street to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure the driver can see you, and wait for a signal from the driver before crossing.

Of course, school bus drivers are there to help ensure kids stay safe. But, knowing that your kids are being smart about riding the bus will give you additional peace of mind this school year. Here’s hoping it’s a great one!


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