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School bus safety: What every driver needs to know

Every day, millions of school children get on buses and safely go to and from elementary, middle and high school. School bus safety is an important issue and many drivers simply don’t understand the rules of the road when it comes to buses.

If you’ve ever driven around a school at drop off or pick up time, chances are you’ve seen someone driving recklessly or carelessly around a school bus. School bus safety is the responsibility of all motorists, so we are sharing some tips that every driver needs to know. Read on:

Give them room

The last vehicle on the road you want to be tailgating is a school bus. Give a school bus extra room on the roadway so you’ll have more time to stop when it stops. School buses do make frequent stops, too, so keep that in mind.

Pass with care

Really, you probably shouldn’t ever pass a school bus and it is illegal in every state to pass a school bus that is loading or unloading children. Look for the yellow or red flashing lights and stop. Be patient. These are children and school bus safety is everyone’s business.

Familiarize yourself with the laws in your area to make sure you are always following them, relevant to school bus safety.

Watch out

Children can be unpredictable little creatures, so if you are near a school bus, be extra cautious about a child who is darting into traffic to chase a ball, who is afraid of missing his or her bus or just not paying attention.

That extra second could save a life.

Schottenstein Law Offices

The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices hope everyone has a safe and healthy school year! Don’t forget to share our school bus safety tips with friends, family, and neighbors.