When the big yellow bus turns around the corner and approaches the local bus stop, it can be an exciting time for kids and parents alike.
Every year, school buses transport 25 million children to and from school across the country, according to the American School Bus Council. School buses also have an impressive safety record: Accidents involving school busesaccount for less than one percent of all fatal crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In fact, NHTSA says the biggest risk to student safety is not getting on the bus, but getting on and off the bus.
As the school year progresses, this is a good time to quickly go over bus safety tips with your children.
Safety instructions for boarding the bus
- Be aware of cars.Morning is a busy time of day in the neighborhood, with heavy traffic heading to work or school. Teach children to stay on the sidewalk and never cross an intersection until the car is stopped, no other car is approaching, and they make eye contact with the driver.
- Keep your distance.While waiting for the bus, children should stay at least three giant steps back from the sidewalk. Due to the proximity of the bus stop to the street, discourage children from heckling and running too close to the street.
- Arrive early.When young children are late, they can quickly forget about safety rules and run around the streets without looking for cars. Children should be used to being at the stop five minutes before the bus is due to arrive. In fact, during the first week of school, it doesn’t hurt to give them a bigger time cushion as schedules may vary until the driver has completed the route.
- Embark in complete safety.Everyone likes to take their favorite place. But it is more important to board the bus safely. The safest way to do this is to stay on the sidewalk and stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the door opens.
- Find a place quickly.It is important to get up quickly and stay seated. This practice ensures that everyone has time to locate themselves and that no one is standing when the bus begins to move.
There is no better start to the school year than a safe year.
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Erie Indemnity Company published this content on September 07, 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on 08 September 2021 03:01:08 PM UTC.