School buses are one of the most popular forms of transportation in San Diego for those parents who are unable to take their children directly to school every day. Many parents are under the impression that school buses are operated strictly by well-trained and well-equipped drivers who can offer safety to all of the children on the bus.
There are increasing concerns, however, about the safety of these students and it has not just to do with the abilities of the bus driver and the route taken, but also the lack of seat belts. The school bus system is relied on not just in San Diego but across the country in order to take children to and from school as well as to various locations on field trips. While children frequently wear seat belts in many other types of vehicles, they are not often required on school buses. If you are concerned about the safety of your child on a school bus, you can do your part by reinforcing bus safety at home.
Talk to your child about the behaviors he or she should not engage in when on the bus and what he or she can do to make the bus a safer place. Campaigning on a broad level may help to introduce the concept of seat belts to your school district but simply reinforcing the value of staying safe from your own child’s perspective can go a long way in eliminating distractions for the bus driver and making sure that your child is safe every time he or she gets on or off the bus.
Since taking a bus to school is so popular and very common, doing your part to educate your children about staying safe on the roads can encourage a lifetime habit of road and driver safety.