First Student Provides School Bus Safety Reminders as School Resumes in January
Millions of children will be heading back to school in January and that means school buses will be back on the roads. First Student, the nation’s largest provider of student transportation, offers important safety reminders for motorists and students. School buses make frequent stops in mornings and afternoons picking up and dropping off students. Motorists should allow ample time to stop when approaching or following a school bus and follow school bus stop arm laws. Students should stay alert and never run to catch a bus. Stop, look and listen before crossing streets and getting on and off a bus.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) December 28, 2010
As children head back to school in January after winter break, First Student, Inc., North America’s largest provider of school bus transportation, reminds motorists and students to use extra precaution when snow and ice are on the roads and sidewalks.
Motorists should allow ample room to stop when approaching or following a school bus, especially during winter weather conditions. Buses make frequent stops loading and unloading students during morning and afternoon hours. Laws in all states require motorists to stop when the school bus stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest way to get to and from school; as much as 13 times safer than traveling in a passenger vehicle and nearly 10 times safer than walking to school. First Student buses are designed to provide maximum safety every day, even in extreme weather conditions. Each First Student bus undergoes a monthly maintenance review and yearly examination to ensure it is functioning at optimal safety and service standards. First Student school bus drivers conduct a pre-trip bus inspection every day before they begin their routes. Drivers also participate in a comprehensive training program which includes preparation for driving in inclement weather and adverse conditions like the recent wintery weather.
First Student provides these additional winter weather school bus safety tips for students:
- Students who walk to or wait at school bus stops should dress appropriately for cold, icy weather. Proper outerwear includes warm coats, gloves, hats and waterproof footwear. Passengers should not wear clothes with toggles or dangling key chains as they can get caught in the bus doors or on the handrail.
- Stay alert! The old adage of “stop, look and listen” is so important for school children. Hoodies, headphones and portable electronic devices can distract students from paying attention to surrounding traffic.
- Students should never run after the bus. Plan ahead and allow sufficient time to get to the bus stop.
- Passengers should wait for the bus to stop completely before approaching the bus to get on or before standing up to get off. Always use caution when stepping on or off the bus and at crosswalks.
- Parents and students should check with their school, school district or emergency closing alert system for any schedule delays or cancellations. Information can generally be found on school websites, and many districts use a phone alert system to announce changes to school or bus schedules. School delays or closings may occur when officials determine that weather conditions are too severe to ensure safe travel to and from school.
About First Student
First Student, Inc., a part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, is the leader in safe, reliable, sustainable transportation and is the largest provider of student transportation services in North America. FirstGroup America was recently awarded the National Safety Council’s 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. First Student safely transports more than 4 million students with a fleet of 60,000 yellow school buses in North America. For more information, please visit http://www.firststudentinc.com.
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