More than 22 million kids take the school bus each morning and afternoon— usually without incident. But accidents do happen, with sometimes tragic results. That’s why it’s so important to outline these safety rules from the National Safety Council to your child—and ask the bus driver to help enforce them:
- Wait quietly at the bus stop. Don’t roughhouse or engage in horseplay that might cause you to stumble into traffic.
- Let the bus stop completely and open its doors before trying to get on or off. • Use the handrail when boarding or departing the bus. Always walk in the bus aisle instead of running—and risking a nasty fall.
- Take a seat and stay in it with your seat belt fastened.
- Don’t shout, scream or otherwise distract the driver. He or she needs to focus on traffic.
- Keep your hands, arms and feet inside the bus, never out the window.
- Always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Watch for him or her to signal that it’s safe to cross the street and then carefully look both ways before proceeding.
- Tell the driver if you’ve dropped something before picking it up. That way he or she will be careful not to stop short and risk injuring you.
Statistics show that most school-bus fatalities involve kids ages 5 to 7 who are struck by the bus. On the other hand, most nonfatal injuries involve kids (usually boys) between 10 and 14 years old.