Transportation Safety Tips for Youth

Safety Tips

Tips for Drivers

  • Be aware of changing speed limits.
  • All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt; it’s the law.
  • Slowdown in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
  • carGive pedestrians and bicyclists the right of way at crosswalks.
  • Do not use a phone, even hands-free when driving around schools. Most schools prohibit using a phone on a school driveway even when your vehicle is parked.
  • Motorists must stop for buses in either direction when bus lights are flashing at bus stops.
  • Slow down when passing cyclists, pedestrians, and students at bus stops, and provide at least three feet safe passing distance.
  • Keep school air clean. Avoid engine idling on school property.

Tips for Young Walkers

  • Children should use the buddy system and walk with other children or an adult whenever possible.
  • Parents should educate their children how to observe all traffic signs and applicable laws.
  • Always stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before crossing.
  • walkDistracted driving is at an all-time high. Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Only cross the street at corners or designated crosswalks using traffic signals if available.
  • Walk facing traffic when sidewalks are not available.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing or reflectors when walking in darkened or foggy conditions.
  • Cross at least 10 steps in front of a school bus.
  • Children 10 or younger do not have a developed sense of depth and speed; they should only cross the street with an adult or an older child.

Tips for Young Cyclists

  • Always wear a proper fitted helmet when cycling.
  • All cyclists must observe traffic signs and applicable laws; it’s the law. Parents should teach their children how to safely and properly ride their bike in traffic.
  • bikeMake sure the road is clear before entering.
  • Always ride in a straight line on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic.
  • Always look backward over your shoulder before turning or moving out onto the road; this takes practice.
  • Use arm signals early to warn traffic when turning, stopping, or slowing down.
  • Walk, not ride, bikes across crosswalks.
  • Inspect brakes, tires, gears, and chains regularly for proper function.
  • Always wear bright and visible clothing and use a white front light and a red rear light or red reflector when riding in the darkened or foggy conditions.

Tips for School Bus Riders

  • Parents should have children ride school buses when bus routes are available — alleviating unnecessary traffic in school zones.
  • Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
  • busDo not move around once seated on the bus.
  • Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
  • Children should always board and exit the bus at designated locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
  • Encourage children to practice courteous and respectful behavior while riding the bus to avoid bullying other children or distracting the bus driver.