AARP Driving Resource Center

Driving With School Buses — 4 Tips to Keep Our Children Safe

Stop sign on side of yellow school bus, Driving Resource Center

Be patient. Buses makes frequent stops. — istockphoto

Give yourself extra time if you need to drive through a school zone.

See also: What is a safe following distance on the road?

  • Adjust your route to avoid school zones.
  • Slow down! Speed limits in school zones tend to be 5 to 10 miles per hour below the normal posted speed.
  • Stop for buses. Passing a stopped school bus is against the law.
  • Watch for pedestrians. Be cautious and prepared. Look for pedestrians, especially on sidewalks and around driveways, intersections and residential neighborhoods.

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