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7 School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

As kids return to school, school buses once again welcome kids aboard. While school buses are the safest mode of transportation to school, injuries do occur, many when children are boarding or exiting the vehicle.

Here are some safety tips to review with your child this year:

  1. Don’t rush: It’s a good idea to be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to come.
  2. Always stay 10 giant steps away from the bus when it’s pulling up so the driver can see you.
  3. Be aware of moving traffic. Avoid things that obstruct your sight, hearing or attention, such as hoods, headphones and video games.
  4. Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting on or off. Sit down as soon as you’re on the bus.
  5. Be cautious of backpack straps, drawstrings or loose clothing that can get caught on handrails or doors.
  6. Don’t put your head, arms, hands or belongings out the window.
  7. When exiting, be aware of other cars on the road. Take five giant steps from the front of the bus and wait for the driver’s signal that it is okay to cross.

As a driver, be sure to review the North Carolina school bus stop laws. Have a safe school year!