With the kids now back in school, that means those big yellow buses are all over the roads, and kids are all over the bus stops! I know I pass at least 4 bus stops full of children on route to my son’s day care and then to work.
While drivers need to be paying attention at all times, it is also a good idea to teach your child the importance of school bus safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Headed to the bus stop?
WALK WALK WALK! Never run. Make sure your child knows to stick to sidewalks, and not run in the road. It’s also always a good idea to walk on the left side, so that you are facing traffic.
While waiting at the bus stop, your child should be waiting in a safe spot away from the road. Again, with cars racing around, it is not the time to be running around and playing.
Speaking of running, it is always a good idea to make it to the bus stop early. That way there is no need for your child to be running to catch the bus. (Psst! Have you picked up on the “no running” theme yet?)
If your child must cross the street to get to the bus, they need to wait for the bus’ stop sign to appear first. Then check both ways for stopped traffic before crossing. Always cross in front of the bus, never behind!