The news story last month out of California is leaving millions with many questions as they learn of the car accident that killed seven students and three adults. A big rig FedEx truck crossed the median, it ran head-on into a bus carrying high school seniors. The collision was so intense that it led to explosions and a sea of flames. Fortunately, many students were able to get out of the bus by jumping out the windows.
It is horrible to think of the consequences of this accident, but it is also important to remember that it could take place anywhere. What would your child do if he or she was involved in an Atlanta auto accident or bus accident and you weren’t there to help?
Bus safety is often an emphasized topic at the beginning of the school year, but seems to take a back seat as thee year goes on. Though this incident was almost certainly unpreventable, it should serve as a reminder that lives are precious and fragile. Knowing where to locate emergency exits, how to operate them, and how to react should unexpected circumstances arise is just the type of information students should be provided on each and every trip. Though many schools throughout the country are required to run bus drills a certain number of times each year, however, some student might have trouble remembering a drill that occurred early in the year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all kids should be taught to: