Every year millions of children travel to and from school by bus. According to the United States Department of Transportation, a school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. As a parent, it is important to teach your child about school bus safety. Here are a few safety tips you can teach your child:
Wear some form of reflective material
If your child waits for the bus early in the morning or late in the evening, consider purchasing a reflective clothing item for your child. Drivers cannot always see children waiting for the bus, especially in the dark, putting your child at risk. Backpacks, shoes and other items with reflective stripes or tape can be purchased to alert drivers that a child is in the area in low light conditions. Make sure your child is always wearing their reflective gear.
School buses have danger zones
Like every other vehicle, school buses have blind spots that make it difficult for the driver to see. This can be especially dangerous when a child is approaching the bus. Unless boarding or exiting, your child should always remain ten feet away from the bus.
Only cross the street when the buses’ stop sign is extended
It is only safe to cross the street when the buses’ stop sign is extended and the red lights are flashing. Even with these precautions, your child should always look both ways before crossing the street. The bus driver also needs to be able to see your child at all times, so be sure to tell your child to never go behind the bus for any reason.
Do not play or run while waiting at the bus stop
Although waiting for the bus can be boring, it is important to tell your child to avoid any form of horseplay while at the bus stop. Playing near the roadway is hazardous and your child needs to remain alert at all times to spot any imminent danger.
Never stand up on a moving bus
Although school buses are spacious enough to move around, your child should always be sitting down while the bus is in motion. Remind your child the only time they should be standing is while entering or exiting the bus. One child standing while the bus is moving could put everyone in danger.
Encourage your child to practice these five tips to ensure safe travel to and from school. The more you review these tips with your child, the safer your child will be.