Most parents are surprised to learn that school buses are the safest way
for children to travel to and from school. In fact, when it comes to teens,
students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they
take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends, according
to the Department of Transportation.
Of course, accidents can still occur, particularly when children enter
and exit the bus. They need to be particularly cautious around the school
bus “danger zone,” which is the 10 feet in front, behind,
and on each side of the school bus.
With this in mind, below are several important tips from the National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration:
- Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away
from the curb, and line up away from the street.
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s
okay to step onto the bus.
- If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, 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 you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can
see you, and you can see the bus driver.
- Use the handrails that’s what they’re there for. Be careful
that backpack straps and clothes with drawstrings don’t get caught
in the handrails or doors.
- Walk at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the side of the bus.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick
it up because the driver may not be able to see you.