Safe Transportation Tips for Back-To-Schoolers
30 Aug
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Safe Transportation Tips for Back-To-Schoolers

Safe Transportation Tips for Back-To-Schoolers

It’s time to prepare for another exciting school year with your children. As you gather school supplies and make transportation arrangements, it is important to talk to your kids about the dangers of walking to and from school, driving with another student, and even taking the bus. According to the NHTSA, from 2007 to 2016, there were 1,282 people of all ages killed in school transportation-related crashes, an average of 128 fatalities per year. Prepare for the school year the right way with these back-to-school safety tips.

Tips for Riding the Bus

Statistically, riding the school bus is the safest way for children to travel to and from school. For the safest results, teach your child about SAFE:

-Stay five steps away from the curb.
-Always wait for the bus driver to tell you when to board and exit
-Face forward after finding a seat on the bus
-Exit the bus when it stops, look left, right, then left again, and step away from the bus.

Tips for Walking

Walking is great exercise for your child but this option for getting and from school comes with more safety tips than taking a school bus.

-Use the sidewalk whenever possible and walk facing traffic.
-Be wary of shortcuts that look dangerous or keep unapproachable people.
-Do not horseplay when surrounded by heavy traffic.
-Always use crosswalks whenever they are available.
-Use the “Look left, right, then left again” technique before crossing the street.
-A child of 10 should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tips for Biking

Take these simple steps if your child enjoys bike-riding.

-Always wear proper and well-fitted protection such as a helmet and knee and elbow pads.
Stay in the bike lane and ride in the same direction as traffic.
Follow traffic signs and signals as directed, in the same way a car would.
Using electronics while riding is a distraction and could cause an accident.

Tips for Driving

Teenagers are the largest age group of drivers that are reported as distracted at the time of a fatal crash. Follow these tips for safe driving to and from school.

-Ensure a safe driver is behind the wheel whether it’s you or a friend.
-Always wear your seatbelt, even while you’re stopped.
-Do not text and drive or talk and drive.

Make sure to talk to your children about other safety precautions they could face throughout the school year, such as what to do when being bullied or how not to be pressured into dangerous online trends. It is imperative to stay active in your child’s social life. Have a safe and fun school year!


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