School Transportation Safety Tips from NHTSA

cooper-elementary-school-kids-bike-and-walk-to-schoolSummer’s coming to a close, and kids everywhere will be heading off to school. August is Back to School Safety Month, and the NHTSA (National Transportation and Safety Administration) is helping by giving parents and caregivers such as your readers the facts they need to keep their kids safe. This includes pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, and school bus safety. Being safe is as easy as ABC.

Here are some basic tips to share with your children:

Pedestrian Safety

Always look left, right, and then left again before crossing a street. Keep to a sidewalk and crosswalk to be visible to drivers. Have your child walk with an adult or with a group of children whenever possible.

Bicycle Safety

Make certain the helmet and the bike are the right fit. Before every ride, check the ABCs of bike safety: Air, Brakes, Chain. When crossing the street with a bike, have your child walk the bike across when it is safe to do so. Find more tips on biking and watch our new safety videos.

School Bus Safety

The greatest danger involving school buses isn’t riding a bus: it’s the school bus stop. Make certain there’s six feet (three big steps) between your child and the curb. Teach your child about the “danger zone” – 10 feet in front of, behind, and on each side of the bus.

Kids can learn before they set foot in school this fall, and these resources can teach them basic safety tips to keep them safe every day. No matter whether they’re walking, biking, or riding to school, now’s a great time to talk to kids about all three and give them the best safety practices they need to know.


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