Schools will soon reopen and school buses will be on the roads, picking up and dropping off students. By following basic safety tips, parents and children can lessen the odds of suffering a serious accident on the way to and from school.
School Bus Safety
Parents should teach their children school bus safety tips, especially for youngsters that are new to riding a school bus. Basic safety measures include:
- Arriving at the bus stop on time to avoid running to catch the bus
- Waiting for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching
- Crossing only in front of the bus so that the driver can see the students
- Remaining in the seat at all times
- Refraining from sticking the arms or head out of the window
Not all school buses have seat belts, but if they are available, the child should use them. If your child is unsure of how to fasten a seat belt, show them how to do so in your vehicle.
Walking to School
Children walking to school face a different set of challenges. For safety purposes, kids should not walk to school without an adult until they are at least 10 years old. Plan your child’s route with safety in mind and practice it with them before school starts so they become familiar with it. Avoid intersections, and choose streets with sidewalks. Instruct children to only cross at streets with a crossing guard. If an older child is walking by themselves, advise them on what to do if a stranger approaches them.
Riding a Bike to School
If the school permits children to ride their bikes to school, make sure your child knows to always wear their bike helmet. Teach your child the rules of the road and confirm the child understands these regulations before allowing them to ride their bike to school.
Drivers must remain extra vigilant when school reopens. While it is always important to avoid distracted driving, such as talking on the cellphone, it is even more critical when children are in the vicinity. Always obey the speed limit and never pass another vehicle while in a school zone. Observe laws concerning school bus stops and keep an eye out for children walking or riding their bikes to school. When backing out of a driveway, take care to ensure no children are walking by.
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