It’s November, which means that winter will soon be here. Amidst the holiday planning and preparations will come cold temperatures and, in some parts of the country, snow and ice. This change in season means additional cold weather safety precautions for students who ride the school bus, and the drivers that travel the same streets. We’ll share safety tips for both below.
Cold Weather Safety Tips For Students:
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear coats, hats, gloves and boots. Make sure hats or face coverings don’t obstruct vision, and boots can be easily walked in. Try to find outerwear that is bright-colored and reflective for better visibility to drivers.
- Allow extra time to get to the bus stop. If the sidewalk or street is covered in snow and ice, students will need to walk more slowly to get to their stops.
- Don’t play rough at the bus stop. Stay off of snow piles and don’t push or shove. Doing so could cause students to fall on the ice and become injured.
- Cross 10 feet in front of the bus. If it’s snowing, the driver may have more trouble seeing students, so make sure to leave plenty of room.
- Use the handrail when getting on and off the bus. The steps are likely to be slippery from snowy boots.
Cold Weather Safety Tips for Drivers:
- Slow down! This is a good rule of thumb in any winter driving situation, but it’s especially important when driving near school zones or buses. Driving on ice will mean less time to slow down and stop for students or other vehicles.
- Turn headlights on. It may be more difficult to see students in snowstorms or cloudy weather.
- Pay attention. Again, another good rule for any season, but especially important in winter. Don’t use your phone or change the radio, but keep your eyes on the road at all times. Students are unpredictable – especially in the winter.
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