They are some of the most recognizable vehicles on our roads. With their blazing colors, gigantic mirrors, and bright flashing lights, buses exude an aura of safety. Yet, these giant vehicles that ferry millions of people to and from work every day are only safe if riders follow some basic safety rules. Do your employees know these safety tips for riding the bus to work?
Boarding the Bus
Never run to the bus stop. Always walk.
Never chase after a bus. Wait for the next one.
Avoid horseplay with friends, neighbors, or coworkers at the bus stop.
Try to arrive 5 minutes early.
If you bike to the bus stop, always approach the bike storage rack from the curb.
Stay on the curb and do not wander onto the road.
Form a queue when the bus approaches.
Don’t assume the bus driver can see you – lampposts, parked vehicles, and kiosks can obscure the driver’s view.
Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop.
Use the guardrail to avoid slipping and falling.
On the Bus
Buckle up (if the bus has seat belts).
Don’t shout, talk loudly, or do anything to distract the driver.
Talk to the driver only when the bus isn’t moving.
Remain seated and refrain from moving around as much as possible.
Don’t stick your arms or neck out of the window.
Don’t block the aisle with your belongings.
Getting Off the Bus
Use the guardrail to alight from the bus.
Don’t cross immediately in front of the bus (walk ahead about 10 steps if you must cross the road and make sure you are visible to the driver).
Look at the driver for a signal that it’s safe to cross.
Do not go near the rear wheels of the bus or cross the road behind the bus.
Don’t attempt to pick up something you’ve dropped near the bus before telling the driver first.
Don’t rely on drivers of other vehicles to stop while the bus is loading or unloading.
A widely publicized bus crash in Tallulah, Louisiana, in 2003 left eight members of a church group dead. In 2006, two Texas teenagers tragically lost their lives when their school bus toppled over on the way to a soccer game. A few years ago, USA Today reported that the fatalities associated with bus crashes may be far worse than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data suggests. This means the public may be under the wrong impression that buses are much safer than they actually are. Under-reporting of bus crashes and fatalities also thwarts efforts for tougher regulations.
It is noteworthy that Federal law does not require buses weighing more than 10,000 pounds to have seat belts. The majority of buses in America weigh in much heavier and do not have seat belts or other restraints. Experts believe that modern-day buses are remarkably safe in the event of a collision because the passengers sit higher up. However, if you are ever involved in an accident with a bus, there are some important things you should know. As a responsible business, you can do your bit by ensuring your employees are aware of public transportation safety tips.