6 Tips for School Bus Safety

kids at the bus stop

It's back-to-school time! And with that, yellow school buses will be back on the road.

School buses are one of the safest forms of travel, but mostly because everyone using and driving around school buses takes extra precaution.

Penny Lentz, our PALS and EMS coordinator, offers these tips to keep Rockford-area school children safe this fall:   

  • Instruct children to walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus before crossing the street. Never walk behind the bus.   
  • Children should never pick up anything they drop near a bus. They should always ask the driver for help.   
  • Riders should face forward with their feet out of the aisle. One of the bus's best safety features is its tall-back seats, but children who are not properly seated won't get those safety benefits.   
  • Drivers should allow extra space behind a school bus, more than they would for another car.   
  • While you don't need to stop in the opposite direction of a bus on a four-lane road, you should exercise extra caution.   
  • Remember that children can be unpredictable and don't always follow safety guidelines. Be pro-active when driving around children and school buses.