Travelling on a school bus is safe. You might worry about school buses not having seat belts. The inside of a school bus is designed to protect your child, even without seat belts. Adding seat belts to school buses may not make them safer.
School buses have other safety features including:
Even with safety features, injuries can still happen. Passengers on a school bus are most likely to get hurt when:
Teach your child
pedestrian safety rules for crossing the road safely:
Teach your child to point, pause, and proceed before they cross the road.
To get to the bus stop safely, also teach your child to:
It’s a good idea to walk the bus route with your child until they know how to get to the bus stop safely. If you have young children, always walk them to and from the bus stop. If you can’t walk with your child, have another adult walk with them.
Teach your child to:
The biggest chance of getting hurt is when you get on and off the bus. Teach your child to stay safe by:
Current as of: December 7, 2023
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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