School buses are the safest mode of transportation for your children. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, students are 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends, and eight times safer than with their own parents and guardians in the car. School buses are crafted with safety on the forefront: bright colors, cross-view mirrors, and trained drivers.
Here are a few safety tips to go over with your child before they get on the bus for that first day at school:
- When the bus arrives, stand at least 3 giant steps away from the curb (6 feet)
- Never walk behind the bus
- Tell the bus driver if you dropped something near the bus. When you bend over to pick it up, they might not see you
- Find a seat quickly and stay in the seat throughout the entire ride
- Keep your head, arms and hands inside the bus at all times
- Keep the aisles clear of books and bags
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting up to exit the bus
Before that first bell rings, make sure safety is a priority for your family.