By U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Safety OfficeAugust 27, 2018
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- It's back to school again and that means more kids, cars and buses out in the mornings and afternoons. Here's how to keep yourselves and your kids safe for school.
School Bus: Make sure your children wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb and always remain in clear view of the bus driver. Also, ensure your child uses a lap or shoulder seat belt (if equipped) at all times when on the bus.
Vehicle: All passengers should wear seat belts or an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Children younger than 13 years should ride in the rear seat of vehicles. If you must drive with more children than can fit in the rear seat (i.e. carpooling), move the front passenger's seat as far back as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belt does not fit properly without it.
Biking: Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic. Wear brightly colored clothing to increase visibility. Wear reflective materials when riding during times of limited visibility. Know the "rules of the road" -- that includes no talking or texting on the phone while riding.
Walking: Make sure your child's walk to school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection. Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills, because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic. Carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision. Bright colored clothing will also make your child more visible to drivers.
Parents: Allow plenty of time to pick up kids from school. Waiting until the last minute may cause additional stress and dangerous driving habits.
Following these simple tips can help your kids get to school safely and give you peace of mind.