According to recent statistics regarding type of driver and accidents incidence,
school buses might be the safest mode of transportation for getting children
back and forth from school. However, a car crash while riding on the bus
is not the only concern parents should be worried about.
The moments before getting on the bus and right after they get off are
precisely when they need to pay the most attention. If your child uses
the school bus, here are nine useful tips you should talk to them about.
Unfortunately, an average of 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related
crashes each year. The greatest risk involved is not riding the school
bus, but getting on and off the bus.
- Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes ahead of schedule.
- At the bus stop, show your child where to wait for the bus: at least six
feet away from the curb.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver
says that it’s okay to approach the bus door.
- Use the handrails to avoid falling.
- Never walk behind the school bus.
- If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him to walk
on a sidewalk or along the side of the street.
- When crossing, place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus.
- Tell your child to make eye contact with the driver before crossing to
make sure the driver notices him.
- If your child drops something near the bus or while crossing tell him to
let the driver know right away instead of trying to pick up the object.
Keep your kids safe, and teach them about the risks of not following these
steps. Give them tools so they can behave safely even when you are not
around. For any legal question regarding personal injury accidents, remember
we are here for you.
Call Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez for a free consultation at (813) 774-3341.