When school starts back up, motorists should be aware that there will be plenty of children crossing the road for school as well as getting dropped off and picked up. And just as drivers need to pay attention to their surroundings, so too do kids going to and from school - for their own safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every year four children die while riding on school buses, 75 die while walking to and from school, and 21 die while on their bicycle. What can parents do to keep their kids safe? We want a secure classroom and schoolyard environment for our children, including the routes to and from there. Here's some tips the NHTSA says you can teach your kids in order to keep them safe.
- Stand at least 6 ft. away from an approaching school bus while waiting at the bus stop.
- Children should always cross the street in front of the bus when getting off, in order to make sure they're seen by the driver.
- Parents should walk with their children to the bus stop and wait with them until they get on the bus.
- When getting on the bus, kids should go right to their seats and remember to face forward with their seatbelt on.
- Drivers and parents should be alert for children who are late for the bus and might be running across the street.
- When crossing the street, children should always look both ways and make sure that drivers are aware of their presence.
- If walking to school, children should stay on the sidewalk whenever possible.
- Children on bikes should drive on the correct side of the road and check every direction before crossing or turning.
- When getting picked up and dropped off, children should only enter and exit the car side closest to the curb.