School Bus Safety

Monday, August 11, 2014

Millions of children rely on school buses to transport them to and from school and school-related activities. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill talks about what your children can do to stay safe in and around school buses.

Dr. Hill:

Most children injured by school buses arent riding inside them during a crash. Theyre outside the bus in the blind spots around it, where they are hidden from the drivers view.

Go over the following school bus safety rules with your child.

Dont stand up in the bus while its moving.

Keep the aisles clear.

Dont throw things in the bus.

Keep the noise down so the driver isnt distracted.

Dont stick hands or arms out the window.

While waiting at the stop, dont run around or shove each other.

Students should stay away from the wheels and the back of the school bus at all times. If they cross in front of the bus after deboarding, they should move to at least 10 feet in front of the bus and wait for a signal from the driver that its safe to cross.

Caution your child that if he or she drops something near the bus, dont stoop to get it but move away and wait until the bus has passed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.