The Do's and Don'ts of Winter Bus Safety
With more students and snow at our bus stops during the
winter months, it is always
good to review bus stop safety tips to ensure a safe and pleasant
trip to school.
Winter bus safety tips for students:
- Do dress in warm winter clothing: hats, mittens and
- Do be on time at the bus stop.
- Do walk facing traffic and wear bright clothing so you
are visible in times of reduced light.
- Do wait for the bus several feet further off the
road in a safe place in winter weather. Be mindful that some
stops may still have snow piles or drifts.
- Do use the handrail when boarding or exiting the
bus to prevent slipping and injuring yourself on icy road
surfaces or steps.
- Do keep your head and arms inside the windows when
riding the bus to prevent frostbite and other injuries to
your limbs and face.
- Do move away from the bus to a place where the driver
can see you and you can see the driver after you get off the
- Do cross 10 feet in from of the bus, but wait for
the "all clear" signal from the driver before leaving the
- Do keep all pagers and articles in a backpack.
- Don't stand or play on snow piles at the bus stop - you
could slide into the street in the path of oncoming traffic.
- Don't attempt to retrieve your books or lunchbox
from around or underneath the bus until after it has cleared
the unloading zone.
- Don't push or shove when getting on or off the bus.
- Don't chase after the bus or attempt to grab the
Bus stop safety doesn’t end with the student, however.
Parents are responsible for their children's safety before and
after they are transported on the bus, including at the bus
Drivers should always be mindful of student unloading and
loading zones, but should take extra precaution at or near
schools and bus stops during winter months.
Winter bus safety tips for parents and drivers:
- Do encourage your children to follow winter school bus
- Do keep your vehicle in good driving condition - a
child's life may depend on it.
- Do clear snow from the bus loading and unloading
area near your home.
- Do use extra caution in school zones, at bus stops
and at bus loading and unloading areas where high snow banks
- Do keep your windshield free of ice and snow.
- Do know and follow the laws of your state
regarding school buses.
- Do drive safely - our winter climate, with its
extreme weather conditions, short daylight and dangerous
roads, requires extra effort by every driver.
- Don't be in a hurry. Student safety is important.
- Don't try to catch the bus at another stop with
your vehicle if your students miss their pick-up. Take them
all the way to school. The bus driver may not see the car in
back of the bus and as the students attempt to run along the
side of the bus to board, they may fall underneath the
wheels and be injured or killed.
- Don't follow too closely behind the school bus
making student stops.
- Don't disregard the red flashing signals when following
or facing a school bus. It is illegal - and dangerous - to
pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.
- Keep these DOs and DON'Ts in mind and we can all do our
part at home and on the road to keep Bethlehem's students
For more information about bus safety, contact the bus garage