Every morning, you send your children off to the bus stop. And every afternoon, you wait for your children to get off the bus and come home. While this is a daily routine for millions of children, it doesn’t mean it’s always safe.
School bus stop accidents occur throughout the country every year, some of which result in serious injury or even death.
As a parent, it’s important to share a variety of school bus stop safety tips with your children. Here are five that can help them prevent an accident:
- Maintain a safe distance: Until the bus stops and the door opens, it’s important to maintain a distance of at least six feet. Adding to this, make sure your children understand the importance of standing on the sidewalk until the bus comes to a stop.
- Take cues from the bus driver: The driver is responsible for safely stopping the bus, opening the door and calling the children into the bus. When your children take cues from the driver, they never have to worry about making the wrong decision.
- Visibility is critical: For example, if a child has to cross the street, they should wait for the driver to stop and put out their sign. Also, crossing the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus ensures that the driver knows when your child has made it to the other side.
- Use handrails: All school buses have handrails on the steps, which are designed to help students safely get up and down. Neglecting to use these can result in a slip and fall.
- Don’t walk behind the bus: This is just as dangerous as walking in front of a bus, as the driver doesn’t have clear visibility of the rear.
Even if you share these school bus stop safety tips with your children, an accident could still occur. For example, a bus driver could lose track of what they’re doing, thus pulling away from the stop before your child clears the front of the vehicle.
If your child is injured in a school bus accident, make sure they receive immediate medical treatment. From there, you can contact their school to learn more, review the police report and formulate a strategy for holding the negligent party responsible.
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