Tuesday, November 6, 2018

School Bus Safety Tips

School Bus Safety Tips, Metamora Herald

The holidays are growing near, and the school year has been in full swing for a while now with that old familiar vehicle—the school bus—cruising the roads and highways. While school buses remain the safest way to transport our children to and from class, the areas surrounding school buses still pose significant safety risks

Here are some tips for drivers who share the roads with school buses, as well as some easy lessons to teach your kids about bus stop safety.
Driving near buses     
Follow these tips to help protect the children when you drive.
  • Be alert and SLOW DOWN if you're near a bus. There's never a good enough reason to speed, and it's downright careless when there are children nearby.
  • Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload students. All states have laws that tell you under what circumstances you can and cannot pass a stopped school bus. Most buses actually have stop signs that display when children are getting on and off the bus. In general, it does not begin to move after until the bus' red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins to move.
  • Keep an especially close eye on students as they're getting on and off the bus—stragglers might run! The most dangerous part of the trip, for kids, is getting on and off the bus.
  • Know and understand traffic laws and speed limits near a school bus and schools. Oftentimes, the laws change during school hours.
Teach your children
Help take the danger out of the trip to and from school by instructing children about school bus stop safety. The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends children should:
  • Wait away from the roadway and board only when the bus has come to a complete stop.
  • When crossing in front of the bus, walk at least 10 steps away from the bus so the driver can see them.
  • Never walk behind the bus. Drivers might lose sight of kids in their blind spots.
Visit the National Safety Council for more school bus safety information.

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