Back to school this year was especially exciting for my youngest, because he is now a bus rider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest vehicles on the roads, but there are still some risks involved. The greatest danger for bus riders is while getting on and/or off the bus, especially when they are rushing, not paying attention to surrounding traffic, or they move out of the bus driver’s sight.
Teaching children to make safe habits a priority can help them to avoid potential dangers. Review this list from the American Academy of Pediatrics with your bus riders and have a great new school year!
- Walk to and from the bus stop with a friend or family member.
- Get to the bus stop five minutes early, so you don’t have to hurry.
- Never move toward the bus until it has come to a complete stop, the door has opened, and its safety lights are flashing.
- Never cross a street without checking both ways for traffic, looking left, then right, then left again.
- Always stay within the bus driver’s view.
- Walk in front of the bus only.
- If you drop something near the bus, tell the driver. Don’t try to pick it up until the driver knows you’ve dropped something.
- Never move around on the bus. Take a seat and stay there. If the bus has seat belts, always wear one.
- Obey the driver, and speak quietly so the driver can concentrate.
- Never stick anything out of a bus window.