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School Bus Safety Tips

posted Aug 23, 2013, 1:37 PM by Greg Gorman


- Choose the safest route to the bus stop.

- Walk the same route every day and avoid shortcuts.

- Look left, right and left again for traffic before and while crossing the street.

- Do not enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs.

- Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk.


- Stay out of the street and avoid horseplay.

- Arrive at the stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

- Always wait for parents on the same side of the street as the school bus loading/unloading zone.


- Remain seated at all times and keep the aisles clear.

- Do not throw objects.

- Do not shout or distract the driver unnecessarily.

- Keep head and arms inside the bus at all times.


- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before exiting.

- Walk in a single file line when boarding the bus.

- Use the handrail to avoid falls.

- Be aware of the driver's blind spot (10 feet around the bus) when walking away from the bus.

- Cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

- Never pick up items that fell under the bus. Instead, ask the bus driver for help.

- Remove loose drawstrings or ties on jackets and sweatshirts and replace with Velcro, snaps or buttons.


- In preparation for the new school year, the American Automobile Association has launched its 75th annual "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign. As part of the campaign, AAA provides these tips for drivers:

- Slow down in or near school or residential areas, and be sure to come to a complete stop at all intersections.

- Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrol members, crossing guards, bicycles and playgrounds which indicate children could be in the area.

- Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.

- Always stop for school buses that are loading and unloading students. It's the law.

- Leave a little early so you are not rushed as you travel to work or school.

- Drive with your headlights on - even during the day - so children and other drivers can see you. 

These tips were provided by the SAFE KIDS Coalition