Bus Safety = Freedom from risk
Risk can come from unsafe conditions, but normally caused by unsafe behaviors. Almost every accident is caused by a driver’s unsafe behavior.
Avoid risky behaviors:
Count the students away, know where they are before you move the wheels.
Rock and roll for left hand turns.
Stay back four seconds – maintain a safe following distance and leave yourself an out.
Look ahead and be prepared.
Look around, always know what is going on around you.
Check for sleeping students.
Never drop off a student at an unauthorized stop.
If late...stay late.
Message to the students:
Never cross close to the front of the bus – make sure the driver can see you.
Never pick up anything you drop close to or under the bus – ask the driver what to do.
Never run after a bus or bang on the side.
If you must cross the street in front of the bus, follow the driver’s directions, and stop and look before you cross.
Never run across a street, it’s better to miss the bus than rush and risk being hit by a car.
Stay away from the rear and sides of the bus – always be in a safe place where the driver can see you.
Message to the motoring public:
Never pass a school bus when its stop lights are flashing.
Be extra vigilant around school hours – assume a student might run out at any moment.
Be courteous to school buses, give them room and let them change lanes when needed.