Kid Safety at the Bus Stop (Part I)

Bus stops can be dangerous but these tips will help keep your child safe. 

Kids who are walking to the bus stop, waiting for the bus, and getting on and off the bus are in danger of different types of hazards, like slip and fall accidents, vehicles driving nearby, and numerous others. We all have to do our part to make sure that kids can get to and from school safely.

Here are some tips for drivers and parents to keep school kids safe around bus stops:

For Parents

Have your child(ren) Arrive Early: Safety begins with being sure your children get to the bus stop before the bus’s scheduled arrival. Regardless if you are walking them to the stop or they are going on their own, make sure they get there at least five minutes or so ahead of time. Hurrying to catch the bus at the last minute can create all types of hazards, so make it a habit for your kid to get to the stop ahead of time.

Exercise Caution around Buses: School your children to be careful when they are waiting for the bus. Have them remain at least seven big steps away from the curb and let them know that the bus stop is not a place to be running around and playing. Kids must never walk behind a school bus. If your kid has to cross the street at a crosswalk opposite a school bus, teach them to always make eye contact with the bus driver so they realize the driver can see them.

For Drivers

Drive Slowly: When driving in behind buses or in school zones, make sure to slow down and give yourself lots of time to react to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and quick school bus stops. Buses often need to slow down to drop off and pick up children. Also, they are obliged to come to a total stop at all railroad crossings. Always drive at a safe speed when you are behind a bus and while children are around the bus stop.


For Women: Staying Safe at the Gas Station

Always stay aware of your surroundings at the gas station.

It’s a probable danger zone for women traveling alone: the gas station.

When stopping for gas or getting some snacks, women can find themselves in danger if they’re alone.

Don’t read texts or play with your phone while pumping gas. It’s even okay to be rude if someone approaches you. You need to focus on the task at hand and getting back on the road all the while staying safe. Using common sense in regard to your safety when at the gas station is always imperative. Below are some ways to stay safe when at the pump.

Go to the gas station in the daytime if possible. Typically speaking, incidents are more likely to happen if you go to a gas station in the middle of the night or at dark, when there are few people around. If you’re on the road early in the morning and need gas, contact a towing service for assistance or ask a friend/family member to pick you up.

Go to a well-lit gas station in a safe neighborhood. Sometimes you might not have a choice, but you shouldn’t have to be nervous when stopping at a gas station, especially if you have other options.

Once you find a pump and leave your car, cut off the engine and lock the doors. Don’t ever leave your car running or your doors unlocked as you get gas. It only takes seconds for someone to jump in your vehicle. 

Keep your personal items by your side. Do not leave your cell, purse, wallet in the car.

Refuel and move on. After you’ve filled up the tank and paid for your gas, put the cap on and get into your car promptly. No stalling.

While not a guarantee of stopping any wrongdoing, being accompanied by another individual when at the gas station is better than going by yourself.

Be careful and use discretion if approached by an individual wanting money, to use your cell, etc.