How to Keep Your Children Safe on Their Way to School
By Zac Pingle, Staff Writer
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), school buses provide transportation to nearly 25 million children every day. School buses are one of the safest ways for children to travel because of their size, flashing lights, and bright yellow color. Although the hours before and after children are picked up and dropped off from school can be the most dangerous for children.
In the following video, Virginia trial lawyer Paul Hernandez highlights a number of important school safety tips:
Tell Your Children How to be Safe
The best way to stay safe is to use common sense, but children can sometimes be careless. Children will often start roughhousing if unsupervised which could lead to a child straying into the street and oncoming traffic. There are other unsafe behaviors, like standing too close to the street curb, or not looking both ways before crossing the street. The best way to combat these unsafe behaviors is to discuss with your child what they need to do to stay safe. Keep the following safety tips in mind when you have your discussion:
Children should keep well away from traffic, about ten feet away from the street.
Teach your child to be respectful of others and to refrain from roughhousing when waiting for the bus.
Tell your children that they should not start boarding or approaching the bus until it has come to a complete stop.
Children can be hard to spot by people who drive, even the school bus driver can have a hard time spotting them sometimes. So, make sure that your children know that they need to be visible to the school bus driver whenever they board or exit the school bus.
Your child should never be behind the school bus for any reason.
If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the school bus, tell him to wait on the sidewalk about ten feet in front of the bus and to look at the driver for the signal to cross.
If your children have never used a school bus before, you may want to consider waiting with them on their first day to school. Giving your children something bright to wear to make them more visible would be a good idea, especially when daylight savings time arrives.
Safety While You Commute
School buses do tend to be slow and stop often in an attempt to keep children safe. A way to avoid being delayed by a school bus is to leave for work a little earlier. Remember, now that school is back in session there will be more children near the streets. This means that you should be extra cautious in suburban areas and school zones. As always, it’s dangerous to drive while distracted so make sure that you’re completely focused on the road until you arrive.