children boarding a school bus

With back-to-school season in full swing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just issued a press release regarding safety tips for drivers, students and parents. While school buses are the statistically safest way to get children to and from school, they’re not totally without risk. In fact, the biggest risk of riding the school bus isn’t actually riding the school bus. It’s approaching or leaving it at the bus stop. The NHTSA has a variety of tips for drivers, parents and children on how to improve bus stop safety.

Tips for Drivers

For drivers, it’s a good idea to allow for a little extra time in your morning commute once school starts up again. Drivers are reminded to observe and obey all flashing lights associated with school buses and school zones. Yellow flashing lights mean slow down and prepare to stop. Remain vigilant behind the wheel, because there are likely children in the area.

Red flashing lights mean stop, and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing and the extended stop-arm is withdrawn and the bus begins moving again. Even if lights aren’t flashing anywhere, be mindful about morning and mid-afternoon commutes, especially in residential areas or near school zones and bus stops.

Talking Bus Safety With Children

Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about risks and dangers associated with the bus stop. Parents can teach their kids to play it SAFE.

  • Stay five steps away from the curb.
  • Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver tells you to board.
  • Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
  • Exit the bus when it stops, and look left-right-left for cars before crossing the street.

Bus Stop Accidents in San Diego

Talking to your child about school bus and bus stop safety is a great way to kick off a safe school year. Ultimately, bus stop safety is in the hands of everybody sharing the roads, so drivers are urged to put their phones down and pay attention to the task of driving. If your child has been injured in an accident at the bus stop in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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