16 Tips for Back-To-School Commutes

Posted by: Joe Schwartz

Published: September 8, 2017

This week, many children grabbed their book bags and headed back to school for the start of a new year. Whether your children take the bus, walk, bike or are driven, it’s important to make sure the correct safety precautions are taken to ensure a safe arrival. Review these 16 steps with your child to prepare them for the year ahead.

Bus Riders:

  • While on the bus, keep hands inside the windows and talk quietly as to avoid distracting the driver.
  • Remain seated until the bus has come to a full stop, allowing you to exit.
  • When crossing the street, always cross in front of the bus and at least ten feet ahead. Also, wait for the driver to single you over, indicating traffic is clear.
  • Never attempt to retrieve an item from under the bus. If something does fall beneath, report it to the driver.
  • Parents: Get to know the other people at your bus stop and be mindful of any strangers or new faces.


  • Avoid distractions while walking such as texting or listening to loud music with headphones.
  • When available, always use a sidewalk. If a sidewalk is not present, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Prepare for poor weather by having an umbrella on hand or extra layers of clothing for the cold.

Bike Riders:

  • Wear brightly colored clothing to make yourself easily seen by drivers, especially in the early mornings.
  • Know the rules of the road and understand that you are sharing them with drivers.
  • Use hand signals while making turns.
  • Be mindful of sudden obstacles, such as car doors opening or a car pulling onto the road.

Teen Drivers:

  • Give yourself ample time in the morning to prevent speeding or reckless driving.
  • Be aware of pedestrians and school zones, always yielding to walkers in crosswalks.
  • Never pass a school bus that has its stop sign out, with no exceptions.
  • Eliminate distractions such as texting, eating or playing with the radio. Distracted driving, especially in a school zone, is reckless driving.

So there you have it, simple tips that can make everyone’s morning commute much smoother and safer. Have a great school year!

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Joe Schwartz

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