This morning I wrote about the eco-benefits of riding a school bus and the best ways to make your child's ride to school even greener. I also mentioned that I'm thinking of signing my own daughter up for the school bus for the days when I'm too lazy busy to walk. And all of that got me thinking about the best ways to keep kids safe while riding the bus. As a first time rider, my daughter needs a primer on the dos and don'ts of riding the school bus. Here are the safety tips her school recommends:

  • Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before it's due.
  • Wait for the bus in a safe place, out of the stray and as far away from the road as possible. 
  • If your child has to cross a street to get to the bus, make sure she waits until the bus has come to a complete stop and the flashing red lights have been turned on.
  • Tell the bus driver if something rolls or is blown under the bus.  Never try to retrieve it without alerting the driver first.  
  • Keep hands, head and feet inside the bus at all times. 
  • Pick a seat and stay there for the duration of your ride.
  • Never, ever play with the emergency exits.