It’s back-to-school season once more, and that means anxious parents everywhere are concerned about the safety of their children as they travel back and forth every day.
Unless you live close enough for your children to walk or you drive them yourself, your kids need to take the bus. Going over the basics of bus stop safety can help your children stay safer throughout the school year.
What are the basics that your kids need to remember?
Bus stop safety starts at home. Each morning, make sure that your kids have their backpacks ready to go and head out the door with plenty of time to spare. That way, they won’t be fumbling with the things they need to carry or rushing and not paying attention to the vehicles around them.
What other safety tips should you stress? Consider these:
- Wear at least one high-visibility item of clothing: Bright colors and reflective tape on shoes, hats, backpacks and coats can make it easier for drivers to see children as they cross the road or stand at a bus stop.
- Be careful when crossing the street: When they have to cross the street, your kids need to look both ways, even if there’s a cross guard present.
- Stay out of the street until the bus and traffic come to a complete stop: Drivers are supposed to stop when school buses stop, but they’re not always compliant with the rules. Teach your children to wait until they’re absolutely certain that it’s safe to step forward.
Despite your best efforts, you can’t be there 100% of the time to protect your child from harm. If an reckless or negligent driver injures your child, you have every right to ask for the compensation they need for their injuries.