School Bus Safety Tips

Putting your child on a bus and entrusting an adult you do not know with the safety of your child can be hard. However, if you and your child know how to stay safe on a bus, it can make the experience much less stressful.

How Bus Safety Stacks Up

Despite anything you may have seen on the news, buses are statistically considered much safer than being a passenger in a car. Many modern buses even have lap belts that have been added for further safety. Even without them, though, buses, especially those driven by trained and experienced staff, are secure.

Getting On and Off the Bus

Safety of the surroundings are the biggest concerns regarding getting on and off of a school bus. Both traffic and predators may cause the need for worry, but simple tips can keep these from being as big of a problem.

  • Only allow your child to get onto a bus at a designated stop
  • If the child must cross a road to get to the bus, make sure they know to look both ways, and have them hold someone’s hand if possible.
  • Have a trusted adult or older child walk any younger children to and from the bus if at all possible

Behavior on the Bus

Much of the safety of a bus ride relies on the behavior of the passengers, though many do not think of this. Bus drivers are typically good with distractions. It is their job to drive several children to and from school each weekday. However, they are human, and loud noises or rowdy behavior could make their important job of getting a child to and from school safely, much more difficult. Let your child know how he or she should behave on the bus. Your child should use a seatbelt if available and stay in the seat the entire time the bus is in motion. Aisles need to be kept clear, and talking should be quiet and calm.

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