While it may feel too early to think about back-to-school preparations, now is a great time to teach your little one about the importance of bus stop safety. School buses are the most safe method of transportation to and from school because they are highly regulated and their design is meant to be noticeable. To keep the safety going, we looked at practices your child and you can do to keep them safe heading to school. Check out these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration!
Safety Starts at the Bus Stop
Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.
Get On and Off Safely
When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.
Use Caution Around the Bus
Children should never walk behind a school bus. If they must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Have them make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her.