School Bus Safety
Most children injured by school buses are not riding one; they are outside or around the bus, where drivers can’t see them.
School bus safety tips
Safest way to cross the street:
- Crossing rules: Look left, then right, then left again
- Always cross at the corner, in the crosswalk
- Never cross between parked cars
At the bus stop:
- Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early so you don’t have to rush.
- Wait until the school bus makes a complete stop, the door has opened and the red safety lights are flashing.
- Make sure nothing is loose or dragging that can get caught in the doors.
- If you drop something near or under the bus, never go after it. Instead, tell the bus driver.
- Do not stand in the street to wait for the bus.
Before you step off the school bus:
- Make sure nothing is hanging from your bag that may get caught on the handrail.
- Look for cars before you step off the bus and make sure they are stopped.
- Be sure the bus driver sees you before you walk across the street. Most drivers will let you know when it’s okay to go.
- Beware of the danger zone: 10 feet all around the bus. The driver can’t see you in the danger zone.