Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Children Happy National School Bus Safety Week! Although school buses are the safest mode of transportation for schoolchildren, you still need to follow these tips to avoid accidents.[Consumer Reports Safety]


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  1. dohtem says:

    School Bus Safety Week? So, no natural selection?

  2. calquist says:

    I had the best bus driver ever back in high school. His name was Uncle Ben and once a kid threw an empty can out the window and hit a cop in the head who was directing traffic. Uncle Ben’s reaction? Floor the bus and just speed away. He never yelled or kicked kids off until the fateful day when he cracked and hit a kid with a broom for smoking on the back of the bus. The safest mode of transportation? Debatable. But definitely more entertaining than a ride from Mom.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      @calquist: i had a school bus driver who ran over a parrot in the road once that flew off the shoulder of a waiting parent.
      and another one who drank a couple of bottles of robitussin each trip to school

  3. SunnyLea says:

    I would have thought, like as it is for the rest of us, that flying would be the safest mode of transportation for schoolchildren.

  4. jparadise says:

    I have a great bus safty warning story.

    One icky New England early spring morning, I was riding the bus to school. I decided to start my day off on a good foot and go up to the front of the bus and talk to the dorky girls I used to hang out with, instead of sitting in the back with the cool kids. I was standing in the isle talking to them when we were hit from behind by a large pick up truck. Splat. I fell over, and got mud all over my stylish off white jeans.

    Then I had to go to school, get up on stage, and compete in the Geography Bee in front of the whole school. With mud down my jeans. (I won it anyways.)

    So kids, sit in your damn seats!

  5. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    I will take this opportunity to call out the 15 obvious stay-at-home-moms that park their BMWs and Mercedes and SUVs all along the grass near the closest school bus stop and yenta it up together like they’re on a freaking brunch picnic while their precious little snowflake gets taken to school on the taxpayer dime.

    1) None of the ladies wear business clothes. Some are in sweats and practically pajamas, others slut it up. It’s a toss up.
    2) Thanks for littering on the side of the road, too, I really appreciate it when that stuff blows on my lawn and becomes my problem.
    3) I can understand one or two adults keeping watch to make sure the hoards of pedophiles don’t swoop down and rape them in, er, broad daylight, but, if the bus wasn’t FREE you’d think they’d pool those same resources to take them to school. “I missed the bus because I couldn’t get a ride to the bus stop.”

    • gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

      @Applekid: let me point out the saved emissions from them letting their kids ride the bus vs. them driving their kids to school.

      Even though those buses have an awful MPG rating, they have a GREAT “passengers carried x MPG” rating.
      figure that soccermom-mobile can carry 6 kids, and gets 15 MPG. Let’s give that a rating of 90 (passengers x mpg)
      A full school bus can hold 72 kids. assume that, on average, it’s at 50% of capacity (36 kids). according to [www.schoolbusfleet.com] fuel efficiency varies, from 6mpg to 11mpg.
      That gives us a rating of 216 for a half-full school bus at 6MPG.

      Now, that soccormom-mobile would have to have a fuel economy rating of more than 70 MPG to be more efficient than the school bus (assuming mom drops off 6 kids at school and goes directly home again.)

    • mythago says:

      @Applekid: I’m with you on the littering, but on the clothing and yakking, really, get over yourself. Oh, the horror that women appear in public in clothing that isn’t designed to please your eye. And if they were instead hanging out at Starbucks you’d be complaining about that too.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        @mythago: Seriously. And some kids actually start school pretty early. If my hypothetical kid had to be at school by 7:30 and I didn’t have to get to work until 9, and if I lived pretty close to where I work, why would I bother putting on my business clothes until I actually have to get ready to go to work? Unless someone knows the minutia of every one else’s schedules, they should refrain from making presumtive comments on whether someone is an “obvious” stay at home mom.

  6. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i want to print that safety tips list out and mail it to the guy whose house was closest to my high school bus stop. it was a corner and we all tried to stay on the sidewalk, but he’d always wait until we were assembled at the stop sign and then come out and turn on the sprinklers he had pointed at the corner to chase us off the sidewalk.
    so basically, we all had to wait in the road every day

    • gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

      @catastrophegirl: depending on your HOA, that was probably against some covenant… one of the properties my dad used to manage had a provision that the sidewalks “…had to be clean and unobstructed at all times, this includes all hoses and sprinklers, as well as chalk drawings” (i paraphrase, but that’s the general gist. nothing on them, no chalk drawings, no hoses, no toys)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        @gStein: oh no, i only have only rented in places with HOAs. i never heard of one growing up. i was in my 20’s before i encountered that.
        if i had, i might have used it against the neighbor who cut off the tree limbs in my yard that held up my treehouse because they blocked his view.

        but then it would have been used against my family for the fact that we kept snakes, lizards, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, cats, dogs and fish and my friends across the street kept chickens, ducks, quail, sharks, turtles, cockatoos, rabbits, dogs, cats and a chinchilla…
        wait, maybe THAT’S why the guy turned the sprinklers on us…

      • kalaratri says:

        @gStein: Where we lived it wasn’t HOA property, it belonged to the local municipality. Try to block it or prevent someone from using it (I’m looking at you, racist asshole neighbor) you’d be seeing one hell of a fine.

  7. mythago says:

    At least some of you HAVE school buses. Our school district announced less than a week before school that they would no longer have school buses – good luck scrambling to make last-minute transportation arrangements, parents! Oh, and they also announced that they would provide transportation (as they must, by law) for special education students only if transportation was part of their IEP – which it wouldn’t be, of course, because nobody knew they were going to cancel the school bus and so had no reason to put in a specific transportation request.

    I don’t know what kids whose parents are not lawyers did.