School Bus Safety for Children, and Drivers

August 30, 2016


With schools gearing up for fall classes, school buses have returned to the roads.  While statistically school buses are the safest method to transport children to school, it’s a good time for parents to remind children to follow safety rules while on the bus and at the bus stop.





At the bus stop:


  • Allow plenty of time to arrive at the bus stop. Children hurrying to catch the bus may make careless mistakes that could lead to injury.

  • Always walk, DO NOT RUN to the bus stop.

  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side facing traffic.

  • Stand at least six feet away from the curb to be visible to the bus driver. For most children, this would be approximately three big steps. The bus driver sits high in the seat and may not be able to see anyone standing on the curb.

  • Never speak to strangers at the bus stop, and never get into a car with a stranger.


On the bus:


  • Walk directly to a seat and sit down.

  • Do not hang out the windows or throw things on the bus.

  • Always stay seated when the bus is moving – wait until the bus has stopped before retrieving dropped items.

  • Talk quietly so the bus driver is not distracted.

  • If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.



Exiting the bus:


  • When exiting the bus, walk at least six feet away from the door (three big steps) to be visible to the driver.

  • Stay away from the bus wheels, and watch out for moving cars.

  • Never return to the bus to get a forgotten item. The driver may not see someone coming back to the bus.





Drivers on the road with buses and schoolchildren also need to be mindful, more so when mornings and afternoons are dark.


Drivers who share the road should also be especially alert:


  • Be aware of when school begins and ends. Watch for children going to and from the bus.

  • Follow posted speed limit signs for school zones.

  • Never pass a stopped school bus if the stop sign is extended or the red lights are flashing. Wait until the lights stop flashing and the bus begins moving again to proceed.


More information about safety for school bus riders and drivers and for those sharing the road is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



Article courtesy of The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, By Kristen Bomkamp.  Originally posted on the Fanning Law, LLC NewsBlog on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:05 PM



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