School is starting back in session soon for many cities in the U.S. and Canada, and August is “Back to School Safety Month.” Fleet drivers are on the road constantly – so it’s important to be extra vigilant during these months.
Center for Transportation Safety offers the following important tips to protect our children:
- It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children
- Traffic in both directions must stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus
- Watch for school buses flashing their lights – yellow means they’re preparing to stop to load/unload children, red lights plus an extended stop sign arm mean the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus
- Stop your vehicle far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus (allow at least 20 feet on either side of the bus)
- Keep an eye out for children gathered at school bus stops, stop signs, or walking near or on the road on the way to or from school
- If you’re traveling in a school zone:
- Reduce your speed and obey school zone speed limit signs (traffic fines usually double in school zones)
- Stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when warning flasher is blinking
- Always stop when a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard instructs you to do so
Here’s more information about school bus laws in your state or province – be sure to check it out before all the kids head back to the classroom!