- School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.
- School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school.
- School buses keep an annual estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning
School Buses and Seat Belts
- Proper Use of Child Safety Restraint Systems in School Buses - Designed to assist in correctly securing pre-school age children in child safety restraint systems and properly securing the system to a school bus seat.
- The re-use of child restraint systems in school buses after crashes - NHTSA recommends that child restraint systems be replaced following a crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.
- School Bus Seat Belts and Carryover Effects in Elementary School Children - Explores the proposition that the lack of seat belts on school buses increases the likelihood that elementary school children will not use seat belts in personal vehicles.
- Seat Belts on School Buses - NHTSA’s answers to often-asked questions about seat belts on large (over 10,000 lb GVWR) school buses.
Did you know?
- School Transportation-Related Crashes - An average of 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year (11 occupants of school transportation vehicles and 13 pedestrians).
- Selecting School Bus Stop Locations: A Guide for School Transportation Professionals - Steps for the designation of school bus stops and strategies to support safe pedestrian behavior by students between their homes and their bus stops.
- Use Of Nonconforming Vehicles For School Transportation - Federal regulations do not prohibit the use of vans by schools, but require any van (with a capacity of more than 10) sold or leased for use as a school bus to meet the safety standards applicable to school buses.