School bus safety tips for children and drivers

Those big yellow school buses you see during the school year transport 23 million children each school day. According to the National Safety Council, school buses are one of the safest modes of transportation, too — even more so than walking or riding in the family vehicle.

The most dangerous part of riding a school bus isn’t riding the bus at all — it’s getting on and off of it. Here are some safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help keep students, motorists and parents safe when around school buses.

Tips for children:

— Plan to arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.

— Stand at least 6 feet from the curb.

— Do not move toward the bus until it stops completely and the door opens. The driver should tell you it is okay to board.

— If you have to cross the street to get on the bus, walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus. Make sure you can see the bus driver and he or she can see you.

— Do not walk behind the school bus.

— If you drop something, do not bend down to pick it up. Tell the bus driver and he or she will let you know when you can pick it up.

Tips for motorists:

— Always watch for children crossing your driveway or heading in your direction before backing up.

— Drive slowly. Watch for children in the street.

— Know where the school bus stops are in your area.

— Children are taught road safety, but can dart out in front of you in an instant. Be prepared to stop quickly.

— Know the school bus laws in Tennessee. Yellow flashing lights mean that the bus will be stopping to drop off or pick up children. Red flashing lights and a stop arm mean that the bus is stopped and children are getting off or on the bus. Cars are not allowed to proceed until the stop arm is pulled back in and the flashing red lights are turned off.

If your child is injured in a school bus accident, there may be several defendants that could be listed in a lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can help you determine how to proceed when seeking compensation.

Source: Consumer Reports, “School Bus Safety Tips Tips for drivers and children to improve safety around school buses,” Michelle Naranjo, accessed Sep. 09, 2016