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Review These Tips With Your Children to Keep Them Safe While Walking to School or Taking the Bus

Drew Duncan
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With the school year in full swing, it is a good idea to review safety tips with your children about walking to or from school or taking the bus. The last thing anyone wants is for their child to be the victim of a tragic accident on their way to school or back home at the end of the day. These accidents can cause young children to suffer devastating injuries that can have lifelong consequences—and even cause death. Fortunately, following these safety measures could help keep your family safer this school season.

Take These Steps for Safe Bus Riding

Millions of children take the bus to and from school every day—thankfully, most children make it home safely. Protect your children by encouraging them to do the following:

  • If your child’s bus has seat or lap belts, be certain he wears one every time he rides the bus.
  • Do not approach the bus at the curb until it has come to a complete stop, and the doors have opened.
  • Do not move around the bus, and stay in clear view of the bus driver.
  • Always check for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Only board or exit the bus at designated stops.
  • Use the handrails when getting on and off the bus.

Tips for a Safe Walk to School

Young children are especially vulnerable pedestrians due to their very small size and lack of visibility, but your teens are in danger too. You will want to set a good example by following pedestrian safety practices yourself and teaching them the following rules:

  • Look to the left, right, and then left again before crossing a street.
  • Only cross the street at a stoplight, crosswalk, or intersection.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths when possible. If your child must walk on the street, he should do so facing oncoming traffic.
  • Never walk while texting or using a cell phone.
  • Do not walk with headphones on.

Even if your child follows these tips, he could unfortunately be a victim of a car wreck caused by a negligent driver. Our experienced legal team is here to help you get him the compensation he deserves. Start an online chat to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.


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