Recently we wrote about student’s tips for safety around school buses. This week we talk about what motorists can do to keep our children safe while boarding and exiting school buses:
- Maintain a safe distance. School buses stop frequently. Leave plenty of distance between your car and the bus in front of you so you can safely apply brakes when needed.
- Stop for stop arms. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm mean a child is entering or exiting the bus. On two-lane roads come to a complete stop until the stop arm and red lights are deactivated
- Never pass from behind. Passing a stopped school bus from behind as it loads and unloads children is illegal in all 50 states
- Give children plenty of room. Children are hard to see within the 10-feet area surrounding a school bus. When stopping, give children plenty of room to get on or off the bus
- Know your state laws. State laws regarding when to pass a stopped school bus on a roadway with four or more lanes can vary. Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicle for more information.
We all need to do our part in keeping our children safe on their journey to an education.