Talking to Your Child About School Bus Safety
IRVINE, California. While school buses are the safest mode of transportation for children heading off to school, if your child will be riding a school bus for the first time, it may be a good idea to review school bus safety. What are some things your child should know to stay safe when riding the school bus?
- Stay three big steps away from the road. According to org, three big steps can keep your kids at a safe distance from the street and from the oncoming bus. When the bus arrives, children should be taught to wait until it stops and the door opens before moving toward the bus.
- Talk to your kids about crossing the street in front of the bus. The time of greatest danger for children is when crossing the street after exiting the bus or when entering the bus. If children cross too close to the bus, the driver may not be able to see them. Teach your children to make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of the bus. If your child cannot see the driver, they should assume that the driver cannot see them. Children should also be taught to only cross the street when the bus’s stop signs are out and learn how to look both ways before crossing.
- Teach children about the bus “danger zone.” According to gov, ten feet in front, ten feet behind, and ten feet to the side of the bus is a danger zone for children. Children should be taught that they should never walk behind a bus.
- Teach your children to use handrails and safety belts if they are available. Your children should know how to operate and use all school bus safety equipment. Not all districts have safety belts on school buses, but buses are equipped with other safety features, such as high-backed seats that are most effective when children are sitting down. Your child should be aware of the school bus rules and know how to follow them.
- Get to know your child’s bus driver. If your bus driver knows you and your child and his or her crossing habits, he or she can also take steps to keep your child safe. For example, if the driver knows your child has to cross the street to get home, he or she can keep the stop sign on until your child safely crosses the street. If it is your child’s first day riding the bus, it can’t hurt to have a chat with the driver and your child about the school bus rules, so that everyone is on the same page.
While school buses are incredibly safe, children should know how to keep themselves safe while riding and entering or exiting the bus. School districts, bus drivers, and crossing guards also have a responsibility to keep children safe in school traffic. If your child has been hurt in a school bus accident, visit USAttorneys.com today to speak to a school bus lawyer in your area who can help you understand your legal rights and options.