School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety
Posted on 08/28/2018

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road
School days bring congestion. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

Sharing the Road with Children
When driving in the area of any school or neighborhood during school hours, plan extra time and follow these safety tips to ensure childrens’ traveling safety.
- Plan extra time, or choose an alternative route, if driving near a school during drop off or pick up hours.
- Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or while waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you.
- In a school zone, slow down at all times when children are present during opening, closing and   recess hours.
- Always stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop flag.
- Watch for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians, or when you can’t see why it’s stopped.
- Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare pedestrians, no matter who has the right of way. Be patient and wait.

Sharing the Road with School Buses
- When driving behind a bus, allow more following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you better visibility and more time to stop if yellow lights start flashing.
- It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. When the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, drivers must stop.
-The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. You must stop at least 20 feet from the bus when lights are flashing and the stop arm is out