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Do your kids have school bus safety savvy?

Soon 23 million schoolchildren across the nation will start their first day back at school by riding the school bus, making now the perfect time to review the school bus safety rules with your kids.

School buses are safe means of transportation, but the danger lies in the way children approaching and exit the bus. Make sure that they keep the following in mind:

-- Arrive early to the bus stop so you don't have to run and catch it.

-- As the bus pulls up, make sure that you remain at least six feet back from the street. Line up behind the curb and wait to get on.

-- Always wait until the bus is fully stopped with the door opened before trying to enter.

-- Grasp the rails to deter falls and make sure that all books, clothes and backpacks are clear of the doors.

-- When crossing the road in front of the school bus, walk beside the bus on the sidewalk for 10 feet before crossing to make sure that you are visible to the driver.

-- Don't walk behind the bus and keep six feet away from its sides.

-- If you drop papers or your books, tell the driver. Otherwise he or she may not notice you bending to retrieve your items and run over you.

Teaching your kids about safety when riding the bus begins at home, but even safe kids can get hurt in a school bus accident. If your child is injured, you may have to file a claim for damages to be compensated financially for any losses.

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, "Kids, the School Bus & You," accessed Aug. 12, 2016

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