With the start of school just around the corner it is time to review school bus safety with your children. Not only is it vital your child abides by the school bus rules while riding on the bus, the rules they should follow outside of a bus could save their life.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) , school buses are the safest way for kids to get to school (nearly 8 times safer than passenger vehicles), but there are still dangers for children, especially when getting on or off the bus.
The NHTSA has the following tips to help parents teach their kids how to be safe around buses:
● When getting on the bus, stay away from the danger zone and wait for the driver’s signal. Board the bus one at a time.
●When getting off the bus, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder (side of the road). Move away from the bus.
●Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out from the front of the bus, or until the driver’s face can be seen (A). Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.
●Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped. Keep watching traffic when crossing.