With school starting soon, it’s a good time to remind drivers to be alert when they are approaching a school bus on the road. State laws vary, but typically on a two-way street or highway, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus — whether it is picking up or dropping off students — and remain stopped until all kids are clear of the roadway and the bus signal has been withdrawn.
It’s important to keep in mind that kids get distracted easily and, when they get off the bus, may start to cross the street without looking. Plus young children can’t judge vehicle speeds or distance and they may be blocked from other drivers’ view by the bus. That’s why drivers have to be alert around school buses.
Every driver should be familiar with the school bus stop laws in their state. If you aren’t sure of them — like how far you should stop from a school bus with flashing red lights, for instance — check the state law where you live.
Try this school bus safety quiz, make note of your answers, then check the link at the bottom to find out how you did.
1. True or False: Every one of the 50 states has a law making it illegal to pass a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended that is stopped to load or unload students(1).
2. On what kind of roadway does every state require the traffic in both directions to stop when students are getting on or off a school bus(1)?
a. On a divided highway.
b. On an undivided highway.
c. All of the above.
3. When children depart a school bus, they may walk(2):
a. In front of the bus.
b. Behind the bus.
c. Alongside the bus.
4. Most fatalities involving a school bus occur(2):
a. In the bus.
b. At school
c. In head-on collisions.
d. Outside the bus while loading and unloading.
5. What is the “Danger Zone” around the school bus(2):
a. The area behind the bus.
b.10 feet in front of the bus.
c. The area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver.
d. The right side of the bus.
How did you do? Check your answers here, then post your score in the comments below.