Parents have a lot on their minds when it’s time for back-to-school. But we can’t think of anything more important than your child’s safety. Whether you drive your kids to school or they ride the bus, we have some important tips that could actually save your child’s life.
And if you’re not a parent, please keep reading. We are all responsible as drivers to make sure that children going to and from school are safe.
Here are our top back to school vehicle safety tips!
Parents of Car Riders
1. Have your kids enter and exit your vehicle from the side of the car closest to the curb.
2. Even if you’re running late, don’t drop the kids off across the street from the school. Pull into the parking lot where the danger of your kid(s) being hit by another vehicle is much less.
Parents of Bus Riders
3. Walk your kids to the bus stop, if possible.
4. Teach your kids to take three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches.
5. Teach kids to walk in front of the bus (not behind it) when necessary.
6. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and open the door before approaching the bus.
7. Teach kids that if they have to cross the street after exiting the bus, to take five giant steps in front of the bus and get the bus driver’s attention by waving goodbye. If the bus driver waves back, your child will know that the bus driver sees him/her.
8. Teach children to look both ways before crossing the street.
9. Do a practice run before school starts by walking your children to the school bus and reviewing these safety tips.
Yes, even those of you without kids.
10. Never block the crosswalk at a stop sign or stop light, but especially at a school crossing.
11. Obey the speed limit in front of schools.
12. When driving near a school or in neighborhoods during bus pick-up and drop-off times, be especially mindful of pedestrians.
13. Look out for crossing guards and what they’re trying to communicate to you. And do what they say. They’re there to protect the students.
14. Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
15. Never pass a bus that is stopped and has its stop sign out if you are behind the bus, in a lane going the same direction of the bus, or going the opposite direction on a road with no median.
16. Give school buses at least 10 feet of room. This is the area that is most dangerous for children.
17. Be extremely cautious for children pedestrians who often cannot judge dangerous situations like more experienced adults. Don’t assume they see you or will make the right choice.