School buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school. However, over the last decade, nearly two-thirds of school-age pedestrians fatally injured in school transportation-related crashes were struck by school buses or other vehicles when getting on or off a school bus. Teach children to always play it
Stay five steps away from the curb.
Always wait for the bus driver to tell you when to board.
Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
Exit the bus when it stops, look left-right-left and take five steps away from the bus toward the curb. (Credit: Maria Dryfhout/Shutterstock)
Many children walk to school, but NHTSA says that if they're under 10 they should be accompanied by an adult or someone who will make sure they walk safely. Teach children to always use the sidewalk whenever possible, to focus when walking near traffic, to use crosswalks whenever they're available and to look left-right-left before crossing any street. (Credit: oliveromg/Shutterstock)
Many kids ride their bikes to school as it's a quick and convenient way to get there. These simple tips will help make a bike ride safe: Always wear a properly fitted helmet and securely fasten the chin strap; ride in the same direction as traffic and follow traffic signs and signals; stay in the bike lane whenever possible; use the sidewalk appropriately and keep an eye out for other pedestrians; and never use electronics while riding. (Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock)
Some teenagers will drive to school, but the concern is the issue of distracting driving. Keep these suggestions in mind when driving to keep your ride safe: Have a safe driver behind the wheel; the car shouldn't move until everyone is buckled up; use appropriate car seats and booster seats for younger passengers; every child under 13 must ride in the back seat; and the phone must stay down when driving. (Credit: Amelia Martin/Shutterstock)
Like all good things in life, summer eventually comes to end. While many people consider summer their favorite season, this is likely especially true for kids who aren’t looking forward to going back to school.
August marks the start of Back to School Month, and with it comes the return of school buses on the road, students making their way across crosswalks and everything else that the start of the school year signifies.
Students returning to school will be inundated with new material to learn, but one lesson that can’t be glossed over is the value of safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 301 school-age children (18 and younger) killed in school transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015.
Whether it’s a school bus, a bike, a car or an alternative form of transportation like an e-scooter, here are four tips from NHTSA that will emphasize to kids how to stay safe when they’re traveling to and from school.
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