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School Bus Safety Tips All Parents and Children Should Know
Riding the school bus can be a very exciting time for children and sometimes stressful for parents. Knowing school bus safety can help make the ride and wait at the bus stop all the difference.
Walking to the bus stop and being on time
School bus safety starts before you even get onto the bus. If your bus does not come to your driveway, you want to make sure that you walk young children to the bus stop. Older children should be walking in groups so that they are easier to spot to drivers, always staying as far to the side as they can and if they board while it is still dark out try to have some reflective material visible for drivers.
Drivers have a lot of places to go to pick up other riders and waiting can cause them to be late to let the children off on time. Try to be at the bus stop and visible for the driver at least 10 minutes before they arrive. Being visible to the driver allows for faster boarding and to assure that they will be stopping to pick up your child, some policies may have drivers continue to go if no one is outside.
We make sure to have all the clothes on and shoes ready 20 minutes before the bus, the backpacks go on 15 minutes before and we go out the door right on time to wait at the stop.
Safety on the bus
Before the kids go I make sure that anything they may need to take, money, books, important papers, are in the backpack and that they know it. Korey used to have the habit of wanting to take things out of his backpack and carry them on and because of his low gross motor skills he would drop them. This is a danger for him tripping and falling and other children as well, make sure to explain how important it is to leave things in their bag.
Staying in their seat and not yelling are important lessons in school bus safety for them to learn. It helps to allow the driver to stay focused to get the precious cargo to school safe.
How propane school buses can help
One of the things I remember most being on the bus as a child was how loud the bus itself could be while sitting inside. This can help take away from the driver keeping focused, but if the bus is using propane autogas engines then the bus is 50 percent quieter as compared to diesel engines. That is a better travel experience for all!Is your school in need of cutting some costs in the budget? By switching to propane they would be saving more per gallon compared to diesel and allow the funds to go to more needed programs within the school. They are tested highly and meet the standards of U. S. FMVSS and motor vehicle safety.
Propane school buses also allow for a cleaner environment. They do not expose children to harmful chemicals and matter found in diesel, these things can cause those with breathing issues or asthma to be aggravated.
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