As kids make their way back to school, Chelan Fire and Rescue shares some tips for riding the bus and walking to school safely.
16 Tips for a Safer Bus Ride
- Be aware of moving traffic.
- Leave plenty of time to get to the bus stop. Don’t rush.
- Pay attention to your surroundings; listening to your music player or playing handheld video games may lead to distractions and potential injury.
- Don’t wear a hood as it makes it more difficult to hear and see traffic.
- Stay at a safe distance from the street and don’t play around while waiting for the bus.
- Stay 10 giant steps away from the outside of the bus while the bus is pulling up so the driver can see you.
- Wait for the bus to stop completely before you move towards it to get on, or before you stand up to get off.
- Be cautious of clothing or backpacks with drawstrings, toggles, or key chains that can get caught on the bus handrails and doors.
- Hold the handrail going up and down the stairwell so you don’t trip.
- Find a seat and sit down as soon as you’re on the bus.
- Be courteous and respectful to your driver. Listen to directions.
- Don’t put your head, arms, papers or anything out the window.
- Don’t pick up anything you drop near the bus. The driver may not see you. Instead, ask the driver for help.
- Wait to cross the street until the driver lets you know it’s OK.
- Stay away from the bus wheels at all times – the driver cannot see you.
- If your parent meets you at the bus stop, make sure he or she waits on the same side of the street where you will be dropped off so you won’t have to cross the street.
Tips and information courtesy of First Student, Inc.
Tips for Walking to School Safely
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to share with your children to ensure their safety when traveling to school.
- Walk to school with a group of kids and always have a responsible adult with you.
- Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk facing the traffic.
- The safest place to cross is at a street corner or intersection.
- If you are 10 years old or younger, you need to cross the street with an adult. You should not cross by yourself.
- Before you step off the curb to cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
- When no cars are coming, it is safe for you and an adult to cross. But look left-right-left as you do it and hold the adult’s hand.
- Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway. Running also makes you more likely to fall in the street.
- Don’t dart out in front of a parked car. The driver of the car coming down the street will not be able to see you.
Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians.
All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.
- Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
- In a school zone, when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
- Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
- Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.
- Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.
Tips courtesy of the National Safety Council.
Chelan Fire and Rescue
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA 98816