It’s that time of year again. The kids are back to school, and school buses are out twice a day. School bus safety is important and pertains to the children riding on them, the parents with kids on the bus, and drivers on the road. All school buses have safety features to keep kids safe while they ride, but it’s very important drivers are aware of the precautions they need to take and the rules they need to follow.
School buses are a safe form of transportation. Safety features on buses vary depending on the model of bus. Buses are almost always equipped with emergency exits. There is often a hatch in the roof. There is also a rear door for emergency exits. Usually, there are two exit windows in the bus. These are to protect children in case of accidents.
Kids riding the bus should follow a few simple rules to make sure they get to school and home safely and quickly.
- Always face forward. Getting up, turning around, sitting backwards in the seat can cause injury to children if the bus ends up in an accident.
- Keep your backpacks or any other bags on your lap or under your seat. Keeping the aisles clear means kids can get on and off quickly without tripping.
- Throwing objects is not permitted. Bus drivers need to focus on the road. Airborne objects can cause injury to children and could even be the cause of an accident if it hinders the driver.
- When getting off the bus to cross the street, it is important to look.
Parents also have some rules to follow when picking up or dropping off their children at the designated spot.
- Park in a safe place at a distance away from the spot. This allows the bus to arrive and depart safely.
- Arrive five minutes early. Sometimes buses run quickly, and you don’t want your child waiting without you.
- Allow the bus driver to give directions about getting on and off the bus as well as crossing the street. It is their job.
- Do not approach the bus while it is moving. This is for your safety.
There are several laws of the road when driving near school buses to protect the children and you. It is important to follow these rules. Ignoring them is dangerous and accompanied by hefty fines.
- School buses must stop and open the door to look both ways when crossing train tracks.
- Always give them a wide berth. They have blind spots and take turns very wide.
- Always stop thirty feet behind or in front of a bus when they stop letting children on and off. A stop sign will pop out on the side of the bus. Both sides of the street must stop. The only time oncoming traffic does not stop is if the road is a highway larger than four lanes or the street is four lanes and divided by a median.
- Before and after school hours, keep your eyes open for children waiting by the side of the road for buses.