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I live in a neighborhood where school safety, traffic, and bus transportation is a hot topic. Since the elementary school sits in the middle of a neighborhood, and off a busy street, it is crucial that everyone is aware of the school hours and laws of the road. We have two school crossing guards, a special lane for cars and buses that are heading to school, and too many orange cones to count. However, it is not a flawless system. I see firsthand the issues that can arise from transportation to and from school, and I want to share with you a few ideas inspired by the Propane Education & Research Council that you can share with your children to stay safe.
Because my neighborhood is so congested, we actually have police on site multiple times throughout the month to monitor traffic. Do you know if your school district is doing everything it can to ensure safety? Consider this…
Are your school buses safe?
Do you know how bus drivers are hired and trained? How are the buses maintained? Propane autogas engines are 50% quieter than diesel engines which make riding to school quieter and safe too. Propane offers an automatic shut-off valve which prevents the flow of fuel to the engine when it’s not running, even if the ignition switch is on. Plus, buses fueled with propane are crash tested for impact in both the side and rear areas.
Do you care about the environment?
I recently learned that The World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen. This could cause health effects. Since we know there are alternative fuel options, why can’t we use them more often?
Does your school district want to cut costs?
Propane is cheaper than diesel per gallon which could save money over time.
Can propane school buses be an option for your area?
It’s worth it to get educated and spread the word. Let’s better our buses. Our kids deserve it!
More School Bus Tips
Arrive on time. It’s important not to run after a school bus if you are late. This could cause a distraction for both the driver and the student.
Check the weather. Ensure that you have an umbrella and avoid lightning. I once was almost struck by lightning as a child walking home from the school bus, and I’ll never forget that day.
Get to know the school bus driver and other parents with children at your bus stop. This makes it feel like more of a community, and you have someone to turn to if you have questions.
Pay attention to the rules of the road when a school bus is near. As I mentioned before, we live near a school. There are so many distracted drivers that do not see when a stop sign is in front of them or a student crossing the street. It can be very scary. The best thing to do is to teach our children to be vigilant and to stay off of electronics while crossing the street. Watch for oncoming cars. Don’t assume a driver sees you!
What tips do you have for a busy back to school season? Do your children ride the bus?
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