Reinforce school bus safety on and off the bus


School buses take to the roads every morning and afternoon for nine months, and that means you need to be a cautious driver throughout the school year, not just during the first week of school. Whether you’re sending your child to school or driving behind a bus on your way to work, keep these points in mind.

Parents
Talk to your children about safety on and around the bus. Remind them to:
      Always cross in front of the bus.
      Wait for the bus driver to signal before crossing.

Drivers

It’s up to you to be on the lookout for children — especially in school zones, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. Plus, you need to know the rules about driving near a school bus.

Here are a few key reminders:
 
Buses have red flashing lights and a stop sign that extends to alert traffic when students are getting
   on or off. When a bus uses its lights and/or stop sign:

     •  Traffic in both directions is required to stop on an undivided road.
     •  It’s illegal to pass a bus that is stopped to let children on or off.
  Drive at least 10 feet behind a bus to allow time for stops — buses make frequent stops, including at all
   railroad crossings.

  Watch for any signals from the bus driver.
  Follow the directions of the school crossing guard.
  In most cases, vehicles on the opposite side of a divided highway are not required to stop for a bus.
   However, you should confirm your state’s laws.


For the specific bus laws in your state, like what to do on a divided highway or how far behind a bus you’re required to stop, visit http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/school-buses.

Click here for more safety tips from the National Safety Council

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