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As my kids are heading back to school I wanted to spend some time this week going over the importance of school bus safety with them. We do this every year to make sure the kids stay safe by following the rules and being aware of their surroundings. This year I have also found some great information about the benefits of propane buses versus diesel buses that I’m sharing with our school officials to help provide our kids with the healthiest ride to and from school. So today I am sharing some school bus safety tips for kiddos and some information about the benefits of propane school buses.
School Bus Safety Tips:
Check Your Clothing:
As you prepare for school make sure that your shoes are tied or if you wear velcro shoes that the straps are tightly fastened to prevent tripping. Wear jackets or put them in your backpack to prevent them from snagging when boarding the bus. Wear your backpack on your shoulders and make sure it is zipped up to prevent anything from falling out.
Walk Safely To the Bus Stop:
Walk your child to the bus stop or have them walk in a group with other children so they are not walking alone. Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street. Use crosswalks if you need to cross the road. Always look both ways before crossing.
Be Safe at the Bus Stop:
While waiting at the bus stop stay in an area that the driver can clearly see you as they pull up to the stop. Avoid playing with toys or balls while at the stop. Limit distractions so you can be aware of your surroundings as the bus approaches.
Board the Bus Safely:
Board the bus when the driver is ready. If you drop something while boarding the bus notify the driver, don’t pick it up and follow the driver’s instructions. When you get off the bus make sure to look to the right to make sure no cars are coming before you step off the bus. If you are waiting for your child at the bus stop after school wait where the driver can see you and wait until the bus is stopped and the door is open before you approach the bus.
These quick tips will help teach your child the safe way to get on and off the bus and hopefully keep them safe this school year on their way to and from school!
Propane Buses Vs Diesel Buses:
When it comes to transporting children to and from school and activities focus is the most important thing. Propane buses are 50% quieter than diesel buses meaning that drivers can stay focused while driving providing a safer trip for the kids. Propane buses have a standard safety feature that includes an automatic shut-off valve in their fuel system which prevents the flow of fuel to the engine when it’s not running even if the ignition is left in the on position. Propane buses include both side and rear crash testing for safety which meets both U.S. FMVSS and motor vehicle safety standards.
Both the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency have identified diesel fuels exhaust as a carcinogen causing both short and long-term health effects for our kids. Buses that use propane autogas provide a healthier breathing quality for our children while on the bus. Using propane buses also limits their exposure to harmful particulate matter that is found in diesel exhaust which reduces breathing-related problems and asthma issues.
Propane gas is less expensive than diesel gas per gallon. This difference in costs will help the school save money which can then be used for supplies, equipment, or school improvements.