CINCINNATI, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- School is back in session and yellow school buses are out in full force. First Student, Inc., the nation's leader in student transportation, would like to remind parents to take a moment to talk to their children about school bus safety.
Today's school buses are the safest, most technologically advanced they have ever been. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school. It's safer than walking or riding a bike and is even 13 times safer than riding in the family car.
But parents still need to discuss important safety rules with their children to make the ride to school on a school bus the safest it can be.
"The most important school bus safety rule parents should share with their children is to make sure the driver can see you at all times," says Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student, the nation's largest provider of school transportation. "That means staying ten giant steps away from the outside of the bus, and always sitting in your seat when inside the bus."
Parents, please share these other important school bus safety tips with
-- Don't ever run after the bus or if you drop something near the bus,
don't pick it up. Instead, ask the driver for help.
-- If you have to cross in front of the bus, wait until the driver lets
you know it's OK.
-- If you have to cross the street after getting off the bus, always look
both ways and keep an eye out for other vehicles on the road.
-- Wait for the bus to stop completely before you approach it to get on
or before you stand up to get off.
-- Talk or laugh quietly with friends, but do not scream or dangle<
|SOURCE First Student, Inc.|
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