School bus accidents have rendered bus safety rules an absolute necessity.
According to a news publication, more than 100 school bus drivers in Abu Dhabi were charged penalties for not showcasing the stop signs on their vehicles while picking and dropping school students.
It has become imperative for students and drivers to follow bus safety rules and regulations to avoid accidents and other consequences.
Parents need to ensure that their children don’t take these safety rules at school casually.
In this blog, we have compiled bus safety rules for students that they must follow while traveling to school by bus.
Before we delve deeper into the bus safety rules, quickly run through these common rules that your child must follow near the bus terminal and while riding on the school bus.
You trust the school bus driver to get your child to and from school daily.
But are you aware of bus safety rules at school?
Read on these bus safety rules at school that you and your child must be familiar with.
Adults must go with the children to the bus terminals and stay with them until the school bus arrives.
If you are working parents, drop your child at the bus stop and distinctively ask them to stand in a safe spot, wait for the bus driver to display the stop sign, and move towards the bus.
Drawstrings can get stuck in school bus doors, fences, or seats, so make sure your child isn’t wearing or carrying anything that has a drawstring in it. Double-check their shirt, jacket, and school bags to be sure.
You can also replace the drawstrings with another latch that does not pull easily.
Children can get easily distracted using headphones, cellphones, and MP3 players. Therefore, it is advisable to urge children not to use any electronic device until they have boarded the school bus safely.
Parents and children must learn about bus danger zones like bus wheels, front, and rear.
Usually, school buses park at the loading zone, bumper-to-bumper. So always teach your children to stay at least 12 feet away from a parked bus to avoid walking in between.
Always stay on your side of the road and wait for the bus to stop. Check the traffic both ways before crossing the street.
Also, make sure you reach the bus terminal in at least 5 minutes to avoid any delay and hassle.
Make sure you walk along the side of the road until the bus driver is visible to you. Always stop and wait for the signal from the driver before crossing the road. After looking for traffic both ways, cross the road when the vehicles stop.
Parents and bus drivers must be acquainted with bus safety rules at school. As parents, you must ensure that child is familiar with all the bus safety rules at school and that they follow them religiously.
And it's not just the students that need to be careful. The drivers also need to act responsibly. They must make sure that the bus is well-maintained and in good condition for the safety of school students.