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Before and After

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School Bus Safety

Do you ride the bus to school every day?  If you do, you're like 23 million other students across the country who wake up (yawn!), head over to the bus stop and catch the big yellow bus that comes cruising down the street. 

Did you know that school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation around?  The greatest potential danger is actually not riding the bus, it's Before and After:  before you get on and after you get off.

 

Yellow Flashing Lights on the bus indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and load or unload.  This means cars need to slow down and get ready to stop.

 

Red Flashing Lights and Stop Signal Arm indicates that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.  This tells motorists to stop their cars.

 

The Bus Driver.  A bus driver's main concern is safety.  To become a bus driver you must be a good driver and pass a test which allows you to get a special license.  What's your bus driver's name?

 

Side and Rear View Mirrors let the driver know what is going on around them.  Cars may be approaching, kids may be walking up to the bus, and bikes may be close by.

 

Emergency Exits.  Let's hope you never have to use them, but just in case, you should always know where the exits are.   In a real emergency listen to your driver for instructions.

 

Crossing Control Arm is mounted on the front bumper and will swing out when the door is opened.  It is designed to keep children from walking close to the front of the bus.

 

Danger Zone (front):  DANGER ZONE!   It's never safe to walk close to the front of the bus.  The bus driver may be sitting up too high to see you.  Walk 5 giant steps ahead of the bus before crossing in front of it.

 

Danger Zone (sides):  DANGER ZONE!   Remember never walk close to the side of a school bus.  Stay at least 3 giant steps away from the side.  You may be in the bus driver's blind spot - if you are where he/she can't see you.

 

Danger Zone (behind bus):  DANGER ZONE!  Never walk behind a school bus.  The driver will not be able to see you.

 

Walking Area:  When getting off the bus make sure you walk (not run) three more steps away from the door.  This is the best place to be around a bus.  Stay away from the bus wheels and watch out for moving cars!

 

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Now that you are familiar with areas of your school bus, take a look at this check list, to make sure you will be safe when using the bus.

 

Getting to the bus stop

 

Getting on the bus

 

While you're riding the bus

 

Getting off the bus

 

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Material taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.