For many children, the summer means spending time lounging on the couch, going on vacation, or playing outside with friends. But for the other children whose parents work and are unable to provide the around-the-clock supervision they need, those children often go spend their days at their grandparent’s house or even at summer camp. And if your child is one of those kids that will be attending summer camp, then you likely know that they will probably be going on field trips every now and then.
Now, because there have been a number of serious bus crashes occurring all across the U.S., our Alexandria bus crash lawyers find it imperative that you review some bus safety tips with your children so that they avoid getting hurt or distracting the bus driver from the roadway. And for your convenience, we are sharing some bus safety tips below from the National Safety Council for your children to implement when they are getting on the bus, while riding the bus, and even when getting off.
Although it may seem redundant to review these safety tips with your kids, remember, children often need to be reminded time and time again before they begin implementing tips that are given to them.
Safety tips for getting on the bus:
- Remind your child that when they are waiting for the bus, they should never stand near traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to an accident.
- If the bus is not parked and ready to be loaded, tell your child to line up away from the street as the bus approaches.
- Remind your child to use the handrail when boarding.
Safety tips for when your child is on the bus:
- Buckle up. Remind your child of the importance of wearing a seat belt.
- Your child should always remain in their seat.
- Remind them to not speak loudly or make noises that could distract the bus driver.
- Reiterate to your child that their arms, head, and hands should stay inside the bus and not out the window.
- They should keep aisles clear of bookbags and bags.
- Their belongings should be together before reaching their stop.
- Your child should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting out of their seat.
Safety tips for getting off the bus:
- Remind your child to use the handrail when getting off to avoid tripping or falling.
- Make sure the driver sees them.
- Wait for a signal from the driver before they cross.
- When they are crossing, remind them to look left, then right, and then left again. They should always keep an eye out for a sudden change in traffic while crossing.
- Remind them that they shouldn’t cross the center line of the road until the driver or other adult signals it is safe.
- Remind your child that they must stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times.
Because you cannot be there with your child during the time they spend at summer camp or attend field trips, it is vital that you teach them ways to be safe so that they can protect themselves from getting hurt. And if your child is the victim of a recent bus accident in LA, whether it happened during a field trip or not, the Alexandria, LA bus accident lawyers at the Jones Law Firm are available to help you. Whether you have questions pertaining to an accident, would like to know how much you are entitled to collect, or what you need to do to file a personal injury lawsuit, the team of attorneys at this firm are more than capable of providing you with the information you are seeking.
You can reach the Jones Law Firm at:
1330 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301