-- Randy Dotinga
FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 140 people die
every year in accidents related to school transportation in the
But there are several simple ways to prevent school bus-related
catastrophes, Dawne Gardner, injury prevention coordinator at
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Comprehensive
Children's Injury Center, said in a medical center news
"As families begin to prepare for children returning to school, it's important for parents and children to go over school bus safety tips together," Gardner said. "This will help ensure a safe, enjoyable start to the school year for everyone."
It's especially important, she said, to take care when kids are
getting on or off a school bus. "A blind spot extends about 10 feet
in front of the bus, obstructing the driver's view," she says.
"Often times, children are not aware of this blind spot and might
mistakenly believe that if they can see the bus, the bus driver can
Here are some of Gardner's tips on how to avoid accidents:
Also, children should take care getting on the bus. They should
let the driver know if they drop something and make sure the driver
can see them if they try to pick it up. They should use handrails
and be careful to not catch drawstrings, backpack straps, scarves
and loose clothing on rails, doors or seats.
In addition, kids should remain seated and face forward, avoid
yelling and horseplay in the bus, and never throw anything.
When it's time to leave the bus, kids should wait for a complete
stop before getting up from their seats. They should use handrails
and take five big steps in front of the bus while making eye
contact with the driver. The child should cross only when the
driver says it's safe and look left, right and left again prior to
walking across the street.
For more about school bus safety, try the
National Highway Traffic Safety
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