09/13/21

Sharing The Road

After what seems like too long, school busses are back on the road.  And while their slower speed and many stops might slow up your morning commute, they are a vital part of the school day.  Designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, stop-sign arms and that bright yellow color, students are seventy times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Here are some important reminders in sharing the road with school busses:

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a bus if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Add a smile and a wave to your neighborhood bus driver, after all they are carrying precious cargo.