| School Transportation Safety Tips|
Believe it or not, bus transportation is safe. It is actually safer than riding in a car! Although true, last year approximately 26 children were killed, and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. However, more often than not, most of these injuries and deaths did not occur as a result of a crash, but as pupils were entering and exiting the bus. Follow these safety tips to insure a safe ride to school:
Riding the Bus:
· Always wait for the school bus in a safe place. The bus danger zone is within 10 feet of each side of the bus. Make sure to always stand away from this area. It is in these areas that have “blind spots,” in which it makes it hard for the driver to see. Make sure to always stand at least 15 feet away from the bus.
· Enter the bus when the driver gives signal that it is okay.
· Enter the bus in single file. Stand behind one another one by one in a straight line. Quickly find a seat, and keep flat on your bottom.
· Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus.
· Keep the aisle clear of hands, feet, and lunch. Never leave your seat or distract the driver. Talk quietly.
· NEVER put your head, hands, or anything else outside of the window. Never open the window without permission. Never throw things outside the window.
· When being dropped off, keep a safe distance by taking ten giant steps away from the bus.
· Be aware of the traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules concerning bus safety. Unfortunately, not all drivers do.
Walking and Biking to School:
You always must protect yourself, even when not riding in a motor vehicle. There isn’t always efficient supervision around streets and crossings. Young pedestrians should follow the following tips when making decisions while walking to and from school:
· Mind all traffic signals and crossing patrol.
· Walk your bike through intersections.
· Walk with a buddy.
· Wear reflective material. This helps you to be seen more easily by the drivers passing by.
Riding in a Car
· Most traffic crashes occur in a car.
· The safety belt is your best protection. They can lower the risk of injury by 45%. You are four times likely to be seriously injured or killed if you are thrown out of a car because of no seatbelt.