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School bus safety, as a parent of children who ride the bus to school, is always a concern of mine. Even though we talk to the kids about listening to their bus driver, we remind them that they always need to follow the School bus rules that their driver and school talks to them about.
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Another thing that we as parents need to do is to talk to our school districts transportation department to see what they are doing to make sure our children are staying safe while on the buses.
Ways School Districts are working to Make School Bus Safety a priority:
1. Safety Features
Since transporting our kids to school, home, and to all their extracurricular activities is a daily task, our districts are always looking for dependable drivers who can stay focused! A way they are helping our drivers stayed focused is by using propane autogas engines. These engines are 50% quieter then diesel. And since the drivers need to be able to hear not only what’s going on around them and on the bus, this is a key safety feature!
Having automatic shut-off valves that prevent the flow of fuel to the engine when it’s not running.
Buses that have propane autogas are crash tested for impact in the rear and side areas which meat rigorous U.S. FMVSS and motor vehicle safety standards.
2. Clean Air
Do you remember what it was like as a kid when we could smell all of the diesel fumes on the bus? I sure do. Fast forward 20 plus years and the WHO and EPA have identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen. Thanks to propane autogas, the days of exposing kids to that black cloud of smoke are over! I appreciate that as a parent too!
And school buses that have propane autogas will be better for those children who have asthma and other breathing issues.
3. Saving money on fuel
Since propane costs less per gallon then diesel, districts can save money on fuel which allows districts to put the money elsewhere in the budget!
Here are a few School Bus Safety Rules to go over with your children. You can also print off the handy School Bus Safety Rules checklist at the bottom of the post!
School Bus Safety Checklist:
Getting Ready for School
Make sure that loose drawstrings, chains or other dangling objects are removed from bags, coats, and clothing.
Leave home early so the kids can arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes BEFORE the bus is to arrive, so they don’t end up running after or in front of the bus.
Walking to the Bus Stop
Hold their hand and have the children walk in groups (if possible).
Go over pedestrian safety tips with your children if they are walking with friends.
At the Bus Stop
Wait in a location where the driver can see you as they drive down the street. Never wait in a house or car.
Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is dangerous.
Getting on and Off of the Bus
Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow their instructions.
Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
If you meet your child after school, wait on the side where they’ll exit – NOT across the street. They might be so excited to see you that they run across the street without looking both ways.