In April 1939, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University organized a conference in which established the standard color of yellow now known as National School Bus Glossy Yellow. This color was chosen because it has been scientifically proven that this particular shade of yellow is hard for other drivers to miss, thus further ensuring the safety of its passengers.
Recently, there has been an increase in school bus-related accidents. School bus drivers, passengers, and other drivers need to understand the school bus safety protocol. It is everyone’s responsibility to uphold safety rules to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Here are a few tips for motor vehicle operators to help ensure the safety of school buses on the road:
Do notpass school buses when the stop sign is visible. Many drivers ignorethe school bus stop sign and believe that it may be safe to go around, it is not. This can potentially lead to a fatal accident- it is alsoillegal. Pay attentionto lights- The flashing yellow light signifies that the schoolbus is preparing to stop. This means you should slow down and prepareto come to a stop or navigate around the bus. The red light and extendedarm mean the bus is loading/unloading. It is not safe to navigate aroundthe bus at this point.
- Watch out for children- After a school bus has unloaded the passengers, be mindful of where the children are as you drive away. Sometimes children do not pay attention and can potentially put themselves in danger on the road. As a driver, it is important to be vigilant.
Despite school bus-related accidents, students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus, as opposed to traveling by car. To ensure that students remain safe on school buses, everyone on the road needs to understand the general safety rules.
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