Its that time of year again. Summer is finished and kids are going back to school. Some of you may have to put your kids on school buses and other kids may have to ride on public transportation. Here are 5 bus safety tips for back to school.
Bus Safety Tips
Wear proper clothing. Have your children dress in bright colored clothing, this includes outerwear as well. If the bus arrives before sunset or after dark, put reflective tape on the back of their coats, lunch boxes and backpacks. Its better to be safe than sorry. Many accidents happen when kids are crossing busy streets and intersections. Wearing bright clothing will ensure that drivers will see your child.
The bus stop. If your children are riding the school bus, some will be picked up at home. If you are using pubic transportation or waiting at the approved school bus stop, then there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Make sure the bus stop has proper lighting and that it is free of harmful items like broken glass. The bus stop should be free from snow and ice during the winter. If you feel your child may be in danger, call your transportation office to file a complaint. If your children are waiting at a school bus stop, there should be a school official there to supervise.
Seating without belts. For some reason school buses do not have seat belts and neither does public transportation. Your children should always sit facing forward and know where all the emergency exits are. If your school doesn’t go over procedures with your child, then you should do it. You might be able to find a video online that shows proper seating and emergency procedures.
Exit in an orderly fashion. You would think that exiting a school bus would be simple, but kids can get hurt if they are pushed down or bumped into the seats. Teach your child to be one of the last kids off the bus to keep him out of harmful pushing and shoving matches. Once off the bus, he needs to immediately walk away from the vehicle; no standing around or walking in front or behind.
Safety Means Being Aware. This goes for kids and adults. Teach your child traffic awareness. Even though they may have the crosswalk, that doesn’t mean cars will stop. Look both ways before crossing the street. As adults we can start being more mindful of buses and the valuable content that is on board. Follow the rules of the road and always be alert when you are driving in school areas and around bus stops.
All it takes is a few bus safety tips to get your child ready for back to school travel.