It’s National School Bus Safety Week
There’s no question that we should ALWAYS be mindful of school buses – they carry lots of precious cargo, after all! This week, however, we’d like to share some important information in honor of National School Bus Safety Week.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most dangerous part of a school bus ride is getting on and off the bus. In fact, fatalities that involve pedestrians (often children who are boarding or exiting a school bus) are THREE TIMES more likely than fatalities that involve school bus occupants.
So what can you do to keep kids safe?
- Teach children about the “Danger Zone,” the area near a bus where they are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver. Roughly speaking, this is the 10-foot area in front of a bus where a driver may be too high to see a child, as well as the 10-foot area on either side of a bus where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot. The area behind a bus is also part of the “Danger Zone.”
- Always stop for school buses, and make sure children have ample time to cross the street before you begin moving.
- Drive slowly in residential areas and areas near schools. Children are impulsive – it’s not uncommon for them to dart in front of cars.