Bus travel is one of the safest ways to travel to school, but helping your children to learn how to stay safe on and around buses is still important.
These simple steps can help reduce safety risks around busses and bus stops:
- Stop - Stay well back from the edge of the road and wait for the bus to leave.
- Look - In all directions for approaching traffic, after the bus has gone. Make sure you have a clear view of the road.
- Listen - In all directions for approaching traffic.
- Think - About when it is safe to cross, only cross when the road is clear.
When waiting for the bus children should:
- stay well back from the edge of the road
- not run or play around near the bus stop
- wait for the bus to stop completely before they approach.
When travelling on the bus children must:
- stay seated, if a seat is available, and use seat belts if fitted
- not distract the driver
- keep the aisle clear of bags.
When getting off the bus children should:
- stay well back from the edge of the road and wait for the bus to leave
- never cross in front of, or behind, the bus
- only cross the road when the bus has gone and they have a clear view of the road in both directions
- never wear earphones or talk on their mobile phone when trying to cross, as they may not hear approaching traffic.
When picking up your children from the bus wait on the same side of the road that the bus drops them off and meet your children at the bus stop. This reduces the risk of them running across the road to meet you without checking the road first.
For a copy of the stay bus safe around the bus stop brochure, see: Stop, Look, Listen, Think! (pdf - 2.48mb)
For more information on transport, see: Travelling to School