Priority Ambulance offers bus safety tips for students heading back to school

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A start to another school year is underway for students in East Tennessee.

While preparing kids for the school year with backpacks, notebooks and pencils, make sure they also are equipped with safety information. Priority Ambulance offers the following safety tips

  • Stay alert. Don’t listen to music, text or play games on a mobile device while walking to the stop.
  • Follow traffic signals and laws. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Until age 10, children should cross the street with an adult. Never run into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Leave early. Be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Early arrival prevents children from running across a street to catch the bus as it pulls away from the stop.
  • Stand back. When the bus approaches, stand at least three big steps away from the curb, and line up away from the street. Avoid the driver’s blind spot.
  • Stand still. Wait until the bus completely stops, the door opens and the driver says it’s OK before entering the bus. Do the same for exiting the bus. Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don’t get caught in handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind the bus. Walk where the driver can see the child, and the child can see the driver. Walk at least five big steps in front of the bus.
  • Watch for motorists. Even though motorists are supposed to stop when a bus is making pickups or drop-offs, make sure children look both ways before crossing the street.

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