August is quickly coming to an end and that means if your kids haven’t already gone back to school, they will soon. With school back in session, you will be seeing school buses back on the road. School buses play an important role in the community by helping kids get to school. To help make sure they get there safely, follow these school bus safety tips.
When driving behind a school bus, allow greater following distance then you normally would. This will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. Remember, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children, no matter which direction you are travelling.
If you are stopped behind or in front of a school bus, be sure to allow enough space for children to safely cross the street, if necessary. And, remember, children may not follow safety rules and may run in an unexpected direction, so be extra cautious and alert until you have passed them by.
In addition to extra caution around school buses, be aware of any school zones you may drive through and slow down when necessary. Do not block any crosswalks as this will cause pedestrians to walk around you and could force them into traffic. Also, never honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian.