The National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other authorities agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a child is 8 times safer in a school bus than when riding in a parent's vehicle.
Some 475,000 school buses carry 25 million children more than half of America's school children each day, rarely with any serious accident.
Safety Features of School Buses Include:
The color and size of school buses make them easily visible and identifiable.
The height of school buses provides good driver visibility and raises the passenger compartment above car impact height.
School bus construction includes reinforced sides to protect passengers from side impacts.
School bus lights provide distinctive warning to alert other motorists to the presence of a school bus stop.
School buses are carefully designed using what is called "passive restraint", meaning all a child must do to be protected is sit down in a seat.
Safe Bus Drivers:
One of the greatest safety features of the school bus is the driver. School bus drivers are highly trained professionals who have your child's safety in mind. They receive specialized training in student behavior management, loading and unloading, security and emergency medical procedures. Drivers participate in pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing, as well as frequent driving record checks, and submit to background checks and periodic medical exams to keep their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a School Bus Endorsement. The school bus industry operates by a set of safety, security, health and driver qualification guidelines that meet, and in some cases exceed, federal and state laws, and ensure that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for our nation's schoolchildren.