Another school year means children are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day. Consider these tips from the Propane Education & Research Council to help keep children safe.
1. Ensure backpacks are packed securely so papers and other items don’t scatter as the bus approaches.
2. Create a morning routine that puts kids at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pickup time. This helps avoid a last-minute rush, when safety lessons are easily forgotten.
3. Encourage children to wear bright, contrasting colors so they can be seen easier by drivers.
4. Instruct children to walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, advise them to stay out of the street, walk single-file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as possible.
5. Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage kids to walk in groups.
6. If kids must cross a street, driveway or alley, remind them to stop and look both ways
7. Remind children that the bus stop is not a playground.
8. Instruct children to stay at least three steps away from the road and allow the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it.
9. Teach safe riding habits: stay seated with head, hands and feet inside at all times.
10. Remind children to look before stepping off the bus.
Source: Family Features