Keep Your Children Safe on the Road This School Year

It’s back to school season! Are your children prepared to travel to and from school? According to the National Safety Council, teen driving accidents spike in September. While the school bus tends to be safer, students need to follow safety rules to ensure their trip runs smoothly.

It is vital to refresh your children’s knowledge on transportation safety. Whether your child drives to school or takes the bus, we have the tips to get them to and from school without a problem.

Teen Driving Safety Tips:

  • Set household rules with your teen. Don’t rely on laws to police your kids’ driving habits. Discuss cell phone use, music and other distractions, and passengers.
  • Remind your teen of the 5 basic rules of safe driving: no phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and no driving or riding without a seat belt.
  • Know that the main factor in teen accidents is that teens are inexperienced drivers. They have trouble determining breaks in traffic, turning safely, selecting appropriate speeds, and tend to make a number of other errors.

Tips for Helping Children Board the Bus Safely:

  • Keep all belongings in a backpack to prevent dropped items. If your child bends down, it’s difficult for drivers to see them.  Your child should know to never pick up a dropped item. Instead, they should tell the driver they’ve dropped something and follow further instructions.
  • Groups of children are easier for drivers to spot. Walk younger children onto the bus and have older students walk in one group.
  • Encourage students to be alert. Don’t let them play or push each other at the bus stop.
  • Have children practice taking 5 giant steps. That’s 10 feet. While waiting for the bus, your student should be a minimum of 10 feet away from traffic.