25 School Bus Safety Tips for Students and Drivers


– Choose the safest route to the bus stop.

– Walk the same route every day and avoid shortcuts.

– Look left, right and left again for traffic before and while crossing the street.

– Do not enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs.

– Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk.


– Stay out of the street and avoid horseplay.

– Arrive at the stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

– Always wait for parents on the same side of the street as the school bus loading/unloading zone.


– Remain seated at all times and keep the aisles clear.

– Do not throw objects.

– Do not shout or distract the driver unnecessarily.

– Keep head and arms inside the bus at all times.


– Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before exiting.

– Walk in a single file line when boarding the bus.

– Use the handrail to avoid falls.

– Be aware of the driver’s blind spot (10 feet around the bus) when walking away from the bus.

– Cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

– Never pick up items that fell under the bus. Instead, ask the bus driver for help.

– Remove loose drawstrings or ties on jackets and sweatshirts and replace with Velcro, snaps or buttons.


– In preparation for the new school year, the American Automobile Association has launched its 75th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign. As part of the campaign, AAA provides these tips for drivers:

– Slow down in or near school or residential areas, and be sure to come to a complete stop at all intersections.

– Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrol members, crossing guards, bicycles and playgrounds which indicate children could be in the area.

– Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.

– Always stop for school buses that are loading and unloading students. It’s the law.

– Leave a little early so you are not rushed as you travel to work or school.

– Drive with your headlights on – even during the day – so children and other drivers can see you.

These tips were provided by the SAFE KIDS Coalition

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