Tips for passengers
Get to the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.
When waiting for the bus, do not stand right at the curb. Stay a few feet away. Preferably on the sidewalk.
Do not attempt to get onto the bus until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver tells you it is OK to climb on.
If you need to cross the street in order to get onto the bus, make sure the driver sees you coming and you leave a 10 foot gap between you and the front of the bus.
Do not run or jump onto the bus. Use the handrails and walk to your seat.
Do not bend over in front of the bus. The driver may not have seen you bend over. Always tell the driver that you dropped something.
When on the bus, remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
You want to get to the bus stop with enough time that you are not rushing. If you are rushing or running you may get hurt before you ever get to the bus. You may not want to get there too early though. Predators often look for people who are standing alone. The best bet is to walk to the bus stop with friends so you are never alone.
You want to stand away from the curb to avoid getting hit by the bus or other cars that may be speeding by. If someone crashes into the bus as it is approaching the stop the driver could lose control and jump the curb.
The driver will open the door and tell you that it is OK to climb on-board when he is ready for you and he/she feels it is safe for you to enter.
Always make sure the driver sees you before crossing in front of the bus. You do not want the driver to pull away to leave the stop while you are crossing. You also never want to bend over in front of a bus, even if you dropped something important. Walk around to the driver and let the driver know that you need to get something that fell. This way you both know what is going on and no one gets hurt.
When entering the bus, use the handrails that are there to help you. Do not run or jump because you can easily injure yourself or someone else on the bus. When on the bus, remain seated. Do not get up or distract the driver while the bus is in motion.
These safety tips apply to school buses as well as public and private buses used to ride around the city or go on vacation.
Tips for drivers
Before pulling out at every stop, make sure you check everywhere for kids and adults that may be walking by.
Always pay attention to the people on the bus as well as the pedestrians waiting to enter and those walking by.
Know the bus laws of the state.
Make sure you review maintenance logs for your bus and run through your daily checklists with care.
As a bus driver, your job is to remain alert at all times. You have to have eyes on the road and in the back of the bus. Whether you drive a school bus or public transportation bus your job is to know the laws surrounding your job. Most bus drivers have a checklist that they need to review before taking the bus onto the road. Review this checklist with care. You so not want to be responsible for someone getting hurt because you were careless. Unfortunately, accidents do occur and If you were injured in a bus accident because someone else was negligent or caused an unsafe situation, contact a top accident attorney to help you.