Safety Tips: School Bus
The greatest risk is not while riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. It is essential that drivers know the rules:
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or bicycling to school.
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be focused on getting to school but may not be thinking about safety.
- Slow down. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops or walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart in to the street without looking for traffic.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state.
“Danger — Know the Zone” guidelines for children:
- Get the children to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, have them stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
- Instruct children to wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
- If children have to cross the street in front of the bus, instruct them to walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before they cross. Be sure the bus driver can see them and they can see the bus driver.