School buses are a safe and popular means of transportation for school-going children. However, accidents are possible, as with any other mode of transport. The good thing is that many likely accidents can be avoided when proper safety measures are followed.
Here are the safety aspects that you should be aware of when your children travel by school bus.
1. The riskiest part of traveling by school bus is getting on and off the bus
Most school bus accidents occur during loading and unloading. To avoid danger, teach your child to stay away from the street when waiting for the bus. Make sure your child reaches the stop early and doesn’t get on or off the bus in a hurry.
They should climb on or off the bus only when it has completely stopped, and the doors are open.
You should also make a note of teaching them the safety of looking both ways no matter the situation. Even though it is a law for cars to stop when a bus is coming to a stop, there are always those few incidents of drivers ignoring this rule. Make sure your child(ren) understand that they should keep an eye out always.
2. Not all school buses have seat belts
Not all places have laws that make seat belts compulsory on school buses. If there are seat belts in your child’s bus, make sure they know how to use it properly. If it is unavailable, teach your child the importance of sitting in his seat quietly and not distracting the driver during the ride.
3. Compartmentalization is to ensure a safe ride.
School buses that do not have seat belts employ compartmentalization to protect passengers. The seats in these buses have high padded seats with energy absorbing backs. These hold passengers in place and cushion the blow from likely accidents. Hence your child is unlikely to be affected by accidents when he stays in his seat during the ride.
So, parents, while you shouldn’t worry too much about the safety of your children while not having seat belts, remember that you should still teach them to act appropriately. Better safe than sorry!
4. It is vital to avoid the Danger Zone
The ten feet area on all sides of the bus is considered the “Danger Zone.” It is difficult for drivers to see children when they are in this area. To avoid accidents, teach your child to stay out of the Danger Zone at all times, except when it is time to board the bus.
5. Bad behavior on the bus can affect the driver’s concentration
Discipline on school buses is critical to ensure safe driving. The bus driver is in charge of driving the bus as well as managing the children on it.
Teaching your children about using appropriate student behavior during the ride will allow the driver to drive safely without distractions. Make sure your child understands the school bus rules and help them with practicing them.