As the Summer Break begins for students, we are seeing a lull in the amount of school buses on the roads. This break is the best time to teach our children safe ways to board and un-board a school bus.
Did you know, the area ten feet around a school bus is referred to as the “Danger Zone?” The “Danger Zone” is the area around the bus where bus drivers are most likely not to see children. By teaching your children the proper way to board and get off a bus safely, you could save their lives. Read our article “Staying Out of the ‘Danger Zone’: 10 Tips For Boarding and Getting Off a School Bus,” for great tips to teach your kids the safest way to get on and off of the school bus.
The “Danger Zone” became all too tragically dangerous for a 6-year old Pennsylvanian boy who was struck by a school bus after arriving home from school. The boy ran in front of the bus when he saw his mother. The bus driver did not see him and accidently hit the boy. To read our news alert on this tragic accident, click here.
Most people don’t realize that school buses are actually one of the safest vehicles on the road, with an average of six passengers dying in school bus crashes each year. Riding a school bus is safer than getting off and on one. On average, 17 children are killed while getting off and on a school bus each year. Two-thirds of the fatalities are caused by the actual school bus and the rest are due to other vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses.