Whether traveling by bus, in a family vehicle, on foot or bicycle, many students are returning to school in person this year. It’s important for drivers to keep children’s safety in mind, use extra caution, and avoid distractions.
While students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking the school bus instead of traveling by car*, drivers can help make school bus transportation even safer by following these tips:
Respect the big yellow bus
Learn and follow school bus laws in your region, including safe following and stopping distances, slowing down for yellow flashing lights and stopping for red lights on the bus, and remember – never pass a school bus while students are loading and unloading.
Recognize school zones
Reduce your speed according to school zone signage, use extra caution when backing up and obey crosswalks and crossing guards to help keep kids safe in school zones.
There are more distractions today than ever before. Remain vigilant in avoiding distractions to increase your ability to react quickly if needed. Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists and use extra caution in congested school loading zones and parking lots.
Follow these tips and you're on your way to earning an A+ in back-to-school driving safety. For more safety tips, visit Element’s Tips & Advice page.