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School Buses — Are They Safe?

As a parent getting your child all buckled up before engaging the ignition of your car, is a well-accustomed lifestyle, but have you ever wondered how buckled they get inside those yellow long school buses? With the occasional reports of school bus crashes, parents, pediatric associations, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have raised concerns over the safety of school buses.

It is true that hospitals across the world have always witnessed the treatment of injuries on children arising from school bus crashes, but should that dismiss the safety promised in school buses? A little delving into the benefits as well as the unavoidable pitfalls of this school long tradition may give answers to the question “are school buses safe?”

The benefits…

  • You are spared the rush of competing with traffic especially if you are a worker and you have an early morning meeting in the office. You have all your conveniences assured while being a great parent.
  • Your children get to make friends snappily with their peers and this gets them excited making every school day.
  • Contemporary school buses are designed within Electronic stability control, Collision mitigation systems, Video cameras on both the inside and outside of the bus, Lane departure warnings, and Student and vehicle tracking technology.


  • The seat buckle may not be adhered to by the children if they are available.
  • It looks a little crowded inside and kids that are given to bullying can have a field day.
  • The crashes usually happen 10feet behind or beside the bus known as the “danger zone” these accidents may be caused by the school bus or a passing vehicle.

With all these, keeping up with the best safety measures is still the safest way for the transporting of the children to school. Some of the tips as recommended by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) include.

  • Endeavoring to get your child to the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives.
  • Try to stay 6-feet away from the curb when you see the bus approaching.
  • All children must line up before the bus door and not beside the bus.
  • While awaiting the arrival of the bus, make sure the child is not playing around the pedestrian.
  • You must wait for the driver to stop, open the bus, and orders everyone to line up.
  • If you are crossing the road, double-check and confirm that you are seen by the bus driver before crossing. And always use the pedestrian/sidewalk.
  • The child must hold the bus rails when climbing and when coming down to prevent a slip.
  • If you mistakenly dropped anything, alert the driver before going down for it and lastly never walk or stand behind a bus or any vehicle, chances of the driver seeing you or your child is slim.

Since school buses are not a tradition that any school hopes to discard in the future, a little compliance to these easy tips will help it get safer for everyone.