Students all over the country rely on school buses to get them safely to and from school and other activities. As responsible drivers, we can help keep kids safe by practicing caution when school busses and children are present.
Here are some tips on how to keep an eye out when children are getting to the bus stop:
Watch out for children, they may dart in the streets if they’re late for the bus.
In school zones, stay vigilant of children in the street and obey speed limit signs.
When backing out of a driveway, keep an eye out for kids walking or on bikes.
Stopping for school buses
School bus laws can vary by state, but there are some basic rules that every driver can follow:
When you see a school bus’s flashing red lights with a stop sign, this indicates that drivers should stop.
When you see flashing lights on school bus, drivers coming, overtaking or behind the bus should stop until the bus moves again.
Yellow flashing lights on the bus indicate the bus is getting ready to stop, and unload or pick up children
Always wait until children are safely on sidewalks before accelerating at a bus stop.
No matter where you live, practicing caution and safe driving around school buses will help get children safely to and from school. For more information about school bus laws, visit National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).