Fall Safety Tips for Students Using School Buses
Each year 17 school age children on average are killed in transportation safety related issues, states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Students are particularly vulnerable as the nights and mornings get darker in the fall. NHTSA statistics state most accidents involving children occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
I have reported on a number of school bus accidents in Virginia. Nevertheless, the school bus remains the safest type of transport for children.The NHTSA has published a number of school bus safety tips intended to ensure kids are protected when using buses.
According to the NHTSA, kids should:
- Stay five giant steps away from the road and wait until the driver has told them to approach before getting on the bus.
- When climbing on the school bus students should quickly find their seat, and sit facing the front. They should do what the school driver tells them to do.
- When exiting the bus, kids need to look out for cars. When they have left the bus they should take 5 giant steps away from the school bus.
- On leaving the bus, kids have to make sure to look left, right and left to make sure no vehicles are coming and wait for the driver to signal it’s safe to cross the road.
Safety tips can’t protect you in all situations but many accidents can be avoided when simple precautions are taken. If you or a child has been injured in an auto accident, contact an experienced Virginia Beach injury lawyer for a free consultation.
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