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Now that the school year is in full swing, we are definitely getting into a routine on weekday mornings. From getting two kids fed & dressed for school and making it to the bus stop on time, our mornings can be somewhat hectic! Both of my children take the school bus this year so today I want to talk all about school bus safety!

By the way, do you know the difference between traditional diesel-powered buses and the newer propane-powered school buses? I’ll be sharing many more details later, but the quick version is that propane buses are cleaner, safer & more affordable than traditional school buses. When it comes to transporting our kids to & from school, choosing the very best technology available is crucial. Now let’s look at some general school bus safety tips.

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

Getting Dressed
School bus safety actually starts at home. When it’s time to get dressed for school, make sure there are no loose drawstrings or other dangling objects from the child’s clothing & backpack (long earrings or hanging key chains, for example). Make sure that sneaker laces are tied (do a double-knot for extra security) and that backpacks are fully zipped.

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

Walking to the Bus Stop
Don’t wait until the last minute to get to the bus stop. Leave at least five minutes of extra time to get to the stop so you don’t find yourself running across the street, dangerously trying to catch up with a school bus. If your child is old enough to walk without a parent, encourage him/her to walk with friends. Bigger groups are easier for drivers to see.

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

At the Bus Stop
When it comes to safety at the bus stop, make sure the child waits for the bus on the sidewalk and steps off the curb only after the bus has stopped & opened its doors. Avoid the temptation to wait inside a car or house, where the driver wouldn’t be able to see the students. Also, make sure the child is not playing with balls or any other toys that could roll into the street.

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

Getting On/Off the Bus
When children step off the bus, tell them to look to the right to make sure there are no oncoming vehicles. Also, if your child drops something while getting on or off the bus, tell them never to reach under the bus to grab it. Encourage them to leave it where it is and to notify the bus driver. As with any set of steps, it’s always safest to use a handrail when going up or down.

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

On the Bus
On the bus, tell your child to stay seated facing forward at all times. Tell them to keep their arms and head inside the vehicle during the full ride.

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

Has your child’s school district implemented any programs to educate students on safe school bus behavior? Be sure to ask your district if they are doing everything they can to keep kids safe as they ride buses to / from school! Speaking of safer rides to school, did you know that propane school buses are safer for children? In fact, The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety programs and invests in the development of new propane-powered technologies.

Here are some reasons why propane-powered school buses are a better choice than the traditional diesel-powered buses:
1. They’re quieter & safer!
School bus drivers are tasked with the all-important responsibility of safely transporting kids to/from school every day. Did you know that propane gas engines are 50% quieter than diesel engines?! That means the ride is quieter making it easier for the driver to focus. Furthermore, standard features built into propane vehicle fuel systems (like an automatic shut-off valve that stops the flow of fuel when not running) means that the bus is designed with safety in mind. Another unique feature of propane school buses is that they’re crash-tested for impact in the side and rear; they meet the high safety standards of the U.S. FMVSS.
2. They’re cleaner!
Did you know that diesel engine exhaust is a carcinogen? Yes, according to the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency, the chemicals in diesel engine exhaust have the potential to cause cancer. Let’s not put our kids’ health in jeopardy by continuing to expose them to these harmful compounds. Even conditions like asthma (and other breathing-related issues) are exacerbated when exposed to diesel exhaust. With the availability of newer propane school buses, now is the time to make the switch. The future health of our kids depends on it!
3. They’re cheaper!
Propane costs less per gallon than diesel. This will save school districts a significant amount of money in fuel costs, potentially leaving more money available to invest in newer teaching technologies, textbooks and other classroom items.

Is your child’s school bus powered by propane? Learn more about the benefits of propane school buses here and be sure to encourage your school district to institute bus safety guidelines for school-age kids taking the bus every day!

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23 Responses to “School Bus Safety Tips for Kids”

  1. We are lucky that my kids get picked up and dropped off right in front of our house. I think it has something to do with the fact that we have no sidewalk on our street.

  2. My kids ride the bus! I used to walk my daughter to her stop, but now she’s in Middle School it’s no longer cool. They do seem to be safe though! I always tell them to watch what they are doing and to behave on the bus. Their bus driver is a no nonsense lady though who already told them, “There’s no fighting on my bus. There’s no food on my bus. There’s no excessive noise on my bus.”

  3. This is wonderful information to know and keep on hand. I have to check if my school district uses propane-powered school buses.

  4. I had no idea that there were such thing as propane buses. I am off or anything that is healthier for us in the environment. I will definitely have to look into this.

  5. The parents, school and the bus driver should go over all the safety rules to the children. Very important that everyone is always on the same page.

  6. My kids are getting older, so they have learned to be careful. Fortunately, we live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It is scary though, how people pass school busses and kids.

  7. I drive through school zones daily. Would love to see my city make the switch to cleaner buses but it hasn’t happened yet

  8. My son rides to bus every morning and afternoon and he loves it. Luckily the stop is in front of our house so we don’t have far to walk, but these tips are still excellent! School buses cut down on traffic so I wish more kids would ride them!

  9. These sound like some great tips, I never really took the bus to school when I was a child I always walked as I lived close by, I can imagine you need to be very safe and secure when taking the bus.

  10. These are such great reminders! I will review with my boys.

  11. What terrific tips for back to school bus riders. Also import to remind drivers that it’s that time of year too.

  12. I rode a bus for 13 years, K to 12th grade! These are great tips. One more tip is to always know where you are going and to know where you get off, because sometimes the bus driver is new.

  13. These are great tips. My kids never rode buses so I wouldn’t have thought of most of this.

  14. I used to spend the entire first week of school going over bus safety with my kindergarteners and first graders. Then I spent three days with 2-5. Those pre-corrects helped tremendously with bus safety.

  15. Indeed great reminders. Definitely making sure kids understand everything and also with the guidance of the parents along their way. It is better to be safe than sorry.

  16. It is really imperative that there are absolutely no lacunae in safety when it comes to kids and school buses. You have provided some really practical, simple, and sensible pointers in this direction.

  17. One of my nieces started Kindergarten this year and her favorite part about it was getting to rise the bus! She was super excited! LOL!

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