Commercial buses and school buses offer convenient ways for you and your children to get around. However, there are also risks involved in riding them, particularly as it relates to pedestrian accidents.
As a pedestrian, you face two major accident risks around buses. There is a risk that the bus itself may hit you, or the bus may obscure an oncoming vehicle. Whether you and your family ride commercial buses or school buses, here are some important safety tips.
Commercial bus safety tips
When you get off the bus, you should first wait for it to pull away from the bus stop before attempting to cross the street. You should only cross at the corner and only with the pedestrian signal if one is available. When crossing multiple lanes of traffic, stop at each edge and check to make sure that drivers see you.
School bus safety tips
Teach your children to make eye contact with the bus driver and wait until he or she gives a signal that they should cross. Children should never cross behind a school bus. They should only cross in front so the driver can see them. Children should also stop at the edge of the bus to look for oncoming traffic. Drivers may not see them right away because the bus hides them.
As a driver, you should be sure to observe traffic rules around buses too. It is illegal for a motor vehicle to pass a bus with its stop-arm extended or its red lights flashing.