When approaching a bus, begin to slow down as soon as the flashing amber lamps come on. You may not pass the bus once the red flashing lights are activated.
Keep in mind that buses don't always have to use flashing lamps and stop arms. Make sure you know the school bus rules for your community and always exercise caution when approaching a school bus.
Traffic congestion in school bus loading zones can lead to accidents. It's safer to avoid driving in these areas. If you must drive in a loading zone, obey all signs and signals, and watch for children who may not know the rules for crossing the street.
You should avoid parking in a school bus loading zone because it increases the congestion and makes it difficult for drivers to see students and students to see oncoming vehicles. You can also receive a heavy fine for parking in these zones.
Teach children safe habits
You can ensure a safe ride for your children by teaching them the following safety habits:
- Always stand 3 m (2 arms' lengths) away from the curb when waiting for the bus to pick you up. If you stand too close to the road, drivers may not be able to see you until it's too late.
- Approach the bus only when it has come to a complete stop and the driver has opened the door. If you try to get on or off the bus too quickly, you could be injured.
- Be a considerate passenger. Find a seat as soon as you get on the bus and stay in that seat for the entire ride.
- It's okay to talk, but keep voices down and pay attention to the bus driver.
- Buses have large blind spots behind, in front of and beside the bus. When getting off the bus, move quickly and safely through these areas, making sure the bus driver can see you.
- Be careful with clothing that has drawstrings. The strings may get caught in the handrail on the door. Tuck the strings into your clothing or cut them off completely.
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