Accidents that occur during school bus loading and unloading are known as "danger zone" accidents. The danger zone refers to the areas extending 10 feet to the front, rear and sides of the bus, where children are in danger of being hit by passing vehicles or by their own bus.
Just as motorists must be aware of the blind spot for passenger cars, bus drivers must monitor the danger zone carefully. Although the number of fatalities incurred by danger zone accidents each year is relatively small, implementing a few simple procedures could help in bringing that number down to zero.
~ Stand far back from the approaching school bus while waiting at the bus stop.
~ Wait to board the bus until the driver says it is safe.
~ When getting off of the bus, walk well in front of the bus and make sure the driver sees you.
~ Always watch for oncoming traffic when approaching or leaving the bus.
~ Keep all loose items in your backpack. If you drop something outside of the bus, ask the driver for help.