It’s hard to believe, the start of a new school year is upon us, the frenzy of back-to-school shopping is in full swing and the kids are ready to hit the books with mixed emotions.
Whether the kids walk, are driven or ride their bicycles to school, there are safety rules they should know.
- Walk the kids to the bus stop and wait until they are on safely.
- Kids should stand at least 3 giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches.
- Kids should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board or get off.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- When crossing the street, stop, look left and right and listen first, then cross the street well in front of the bus and only once the driver signals the OK.
- Little ones should use the handrails.
- Make sure backpacks have no straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door.
Walking to and from school safety tips
- If there’s a sidewalk, use it. Most pedestrians involved in traffic crashes are due to walking on the street.
- Put away electronic devices and no texting while crossing streets. Devices can be distracting.
- Always cross at approved intersections (no jay-walking) and obey all signs and traffic signals. If a crossing guard is available, wait for the guard’s instructions.
- Don’t dart out into traffic.
- If you’re a passenger, get in and out of cars on the curb side of the street.
Bicycle safety rules for riding to school
- Inspect bicycles and make sure all parts are secure, the appropriate size, tires are properly inflated and ready to ride.
- Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
- Regardless of the time of day, make sure you can be seen by others. Wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors. Reflective tape and flashing lights are also helpful.
- Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars.
- Carry books and other items in a backpack or bicycle carrier.
- Look out for road hazards like potholes, puddles, etc.
- Use the correct hand gestures for making turns.
- Remember, bicycles are considered vehicles and road rules for cars also apply to bicyclists. Follow the traffic flow, obey traffic laws, yield when appropriate.
- Children under 10 years old should ride on the sidewalk.
- Walk bikes when crossing the street.
- Make sure the backpack is the right size for your child.
- Check to ensure there are no drawstrings or flaps that they can trip on or could be caught in a door.
Remember, better safe than sorry. Happy School year!
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