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Keep Kids Safe With These School Bus Safety Tips

It’s that time of year again…schools are gearing up for fall and that means more traffic and school buses filled with children on the roads.

Now is a good time for parents to remind children of these safety rules while at the bus stop and on the bus.

At the bus stop:

  • Arrive early – allow at least 5 – 10 minutes before scheduled pick up time.
  • Walk do not run to the stop – hurrying can lead to careless injury.
  • Stay on sidewalks if available – if no sidewalk, walk on the left side facing traffic.
  • Stand back, at least six feet away, from the curb to be visible to the bus driver.
  • Never speak to strangers and never get into a car with a stranger

On the bus:

  • Walk to your seat and sit down immediately.
  • Stay seated when bus is moving.
  • Do not hang out the windows or throw items in the bus.
  • Talk quietly so as not to distract driver.
  • In case of emergency, listen to driver and follow instructions.

When exiting the bus, be aware of moving cars and walk at least six feet away from the bus door to be visible to driver.

For Drivers sharing the road with school buses:

  • Be aware of school hours.
  • Follow posted speed limit signs in school zones.
  • Watch for children getting on and off the bus
  • Never pass a stopped school bus if the stop sign is extended or the red lights are flashing. Wait until the lights stop flashing and the bus begins moving again to proceed.

More information about safety for school bus riders and drivers and for those sharing the road is available from the National Highway Traffic Sagety Administration  at http://www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses .

 

Information for this article is shared from The Cincinnati Insurance Companies blog