School is starting around the nation and in DFW. This year over 25 million students nationwide will begin and end each day with a trip on a school bus. Dallas County Schools (DCS) will transport more than 70,000 students in DFW this year and we want to remind motorists that it has never been more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when children are present.
Here are some tips for motorists to keep in mind as they share the road with DCS school buses:
- When driving behind a school bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. This will allow for more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.
- Motorists should be prepared to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing.
- Never pass a stopped school bus with its stop arm sign extended and red lights flashing.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus on all sides is the most dangerous for students. Motorists should stop far enough back to allow students to safely enter and exit the school bus.
- School buses stop at all railroad crossings and do not turn right on red lights.
- Motorist should always be alert and aware when sharing the road with a school bus.
School buses are also the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. Here are some tips for students riding the bus this upcoming school year.
- Always remain in direct eyesight of the school bus driver.
- Get to the school bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival of the school bus.
- Take 10 giant steps back from the curb while waiting at the school bus stop.
- Always cross in front of the school bus, but only when the school bus driver signals it safe to do so.
- Be alert to traffic and look both ways.
- Always follow the school bus driver’s directions for how to cross the street.
Let’s have a great and safe new school year!