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Back to school: Safety tips for your
school-age children



Back to school safety

It’s hard to fathom that it's time for school once again. For some lucky kids, school started in early August.

21st Century Insurance wants to remind parents and drivers alike of the importance of safety once school is back in session. Millions of school-age children nationwide soon will begin and end their days with a trip to and from school by bus, walking or biking. To help ensure their safe departure and arrival, we’ve provided some safety tips to go over with your children as they get ready for their first day of school:

Traveling by bus?

  • Make sure your kids get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • When the bus approaches, stand away from the curb, and line up away from the street.

  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it's okay before stepping onto the bus.

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 feet ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.

  • Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.

  • Never walk behind the bus.

  • Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing.

  • Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing.

  • Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.

Riding a bike?

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.

  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.

  • Use appropriate hand signals.

  • Respect traffic lights and stop signs.

  • Wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility.

Walking to school?

  • Make sure your child's walk to school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.

  • Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.

  • Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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