CHILDREN’S SAFETY ON SCHOOL BUSES

Transporting children in a school bus is much safer than other modes of transportation. The size, structure, and design of a school bus make it an excellent vehicle for passenger safety, according to the NHTSA (NHTSA). Many parents are unaware that the greatest danger to a grade school student’s safety on a school bus occurs when the student is near a bus rather than when the student is actually on the bus.

Every year, over a thousand youngsters under the age of 14 lose their lives in car accidents. There are an estimated four to six school-age children killed each year on school buses, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Safety of School Buses for Younger Students

As pedestrians, children under the age of 12 are particularly vulnerable. Pedestrians between the ages of 13 and 17 were the most frequently deceased in school vehicle-related accidents. Younger children are more prone to acting rashly, rushing to board or exit the bus, and failing to see potential dangers on the road. For one thing, they’re a lot smaller, which means they’re at risk of being hit by vehicles because they can’t see over fences or other obstructions.

To ensure the safety of children on and around school buses, instruct them on the fundamentals of bus etiquette.

Make it a point to review bus safety guidelines with your child multiple times during the school year.

The Importance of School Bus Safety Education for Your Children

  • Take your child to the bus stop and back. As a rule, children under ten are less capable of dealing with unexpected hazards. A responsible adult should be there when your child gets on or off the bus at the school bus stop until they are in middle school and are able to do so on their own.
  • As your child is at the school bus stop and ready to board the bus, instruct him to step back three steps from the curb when the bus comes by.
  • After the bus stops and the driver opens the doors, he can walk forward.
  • Don’t let her forget to keep an eye on herself on the school bus by sticking her arms, legs, or other body parts out the window.
  • As soon as he starts walking toward the school bus, you need to take at least five big, exaggerated steps backwards. Ensure the school bus driver notices and waves him forward before crossing.
  • Remind her not to get her knees under the bus to rescue anything that has fallen. It’s best if she asks the bus driver to do it or if she has another responsible adult do it after the bus has left. School buses aren’t the only ones that need to follow this rule.
  • They need to be reminded never to approach the school bus unless an adult is present to supervise them when he gets on or off the bus.

These school bus safety requirements are a vital element of the procedure when it comes to protecting your child from harm.

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