Kids tend to put their hands out of the school bus even when it is moving. Some of them may even put their head out to look back and wave. This is common with students taking the school bus. It may seem like a fun idea but sticking hands or head out of a moving vehicle can be highly dangerous. If children are not careful, they could be hit by vehicles approaching from the opposite direction.
Bends are the blind spots for motorists. When you cross at a bend, you do not give the vehicle drivers enough time to spot you and stop the car. Tell your kid never to cross at a bend as that can increase the chances of them getting hurt.
If you have an older kid who rides his bike to school or around the neighborhood, make sure he is aware of and follows the following cycling rules to stay safe on the road.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
- Check if the bicycle is in working condition before using it – check for breaks and light, if using at night.
- Always use the bicycle lane. In its absence, ride the bike on extreme right or left side (whichever is right in your country) of the road and move along with traffic. Keep your eyes and ears open to make way for larger and faster vehicles behind you.
- Always use a light in areas with poor visibility and at night, to be easily noticed by motorists.
Do not allow kids to ride a cycle on busy streets without parental supervision.
In a moving car, you can make sure that your kid is safe with the help of a car seat or seat belts. To see that they are safe in a moving vehicle without you, make sure they learn and follow these simple rules:
- Never stand inside a moving vehicle, especially a school bus or van.
- Students should not move around inside a moving school bus.
- Stay seated and hold on to the hard rail inside the bus for support, until the vehicle comes to a stop.
- Do not put any part of the body outside the window of a moving vehicle.
If your kid takes the school bus every day, help them remember these safety tips.
- Start early and be on time to avoid running for the bus.
- Always stand in the queue when boarding and alighting the bus.
- Always get off the curb side when getting off a car or the bus to prevent being an obstruction to the other vehicles on the road.