The first day of school is a very big deal for both parents and children. Children get to pick out new school supplies, new clothes and shoes. Even a bigger deal for a small child is the first time he or she can ride the big yellow school bus with the other children. Riding the bus can be very fun and exciting for a child. Parents should feel fairly safe allowing their children to ride the school bus, as these vehicles are designed to be safe. However, every year children are killed in school bus (or a non-school bus acting as a school bus) related accidents. To protect your child from a school bus accident, take the time to teach your child good school bus safety habits, including the following:
- No Horseplay: Teach your child that a bus stop is no place for horseplay. It is too easy for a child to get distracted by a game of tag or even a game of catch. All it takes is for one child to accidentally run into the street avoid being tagged or to run after a ball to be hit by a passing car or bus.
- Do not approach a bus until you get the green light from the driver: Often children are eager to climb aboard a bus, anxious to pick out the best seat or to snag spot next to a best friend. It is too easy for a child to trip and fall while approaching a moving bus to be injured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that you instruct your child to wait patiently at least five giant steps from the curb where the bus will stop. This provides an adequate buffer zone between your child and the bus.
- Sit do not stand: Once upon the bus, tell your child to take a seat and remain seated throughout the ride to school. A bus is designed for safety, but a child can be injured if he or she is up and about while the bus is in motion. The safest way for a child to ride on the bus is when he or she is firmly seated and facing the front of the bus.
- Always listen to the driver: Make sure that your child understands that the bus driver is in charge while he or she is on the bus. The bus driver may have important instructions and rules that need to be followed on the bus, so it is very important to listen carefully to the bus driver at all times.
- Be careful exiting the bus: A child can be so excited to get home and see mom or dad that the child may be tempted to run down the steps of the bus. Once off the bus, the NHTSA recommends that a child again take at least five big steps away from the bus. This not only allows for the child to be a safe distance from the bus, but it also make it easier for the bus driver to be able to see the child as bus drives away.
- Cross the street with care: Remind your child that before crossing the street in front of a bus (or any other vehicle for that matter) that he or she first get the go ahead signal from the driver.
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