Riding the Bus School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
Monday, Oct 27, 2008
Three-fourths of school bus accidents occur while children are loading or unloading, not while the bus is moving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.
Only 30 percent of drivers know that the correct stopping distance from a bus is 20 feet, the amount needed to ensure that children have the space and sight distance to properly disembark and cross the street. That’s according to a GMAC Insurance survey of 5,524 drivers released last week.
But 96 percent of drivers know they’re required to stop when school bus lights are flashing, whether approaching from the front or rear.
Driver tips from GMAC
* Stay stopped until the school bus lights no longer flash, or the driver or a police officer signals you to proceed.
* Keep back 20 feet — about one and a half car lengths.
* Don’t pass a bus on the right. Children may be boarding.
* Expect the unexpected, such as a child darting into traffic.
* Obey school zone speed limits.
Tips for bus riders
* Never walk behind a bus. When crossing the street, take five large steps in front of the bus to make sure the driver can see you.
* Stay on a sidewalk, and out of the street, while waiting.
* Remember to look left, right and left again before crossing.
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