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The American Academy of Pediatrics has
issued the following information on 'Back to
your child's school bus has lap/shoulder
seat belts, make sure your child uses
one at all times when in the bus. If
your child's school bus does not have
lap/shoulder belts, encourage the school
to buy or lease buses with lap/shoulder
for the bus to stop before approaching
it from the curb.
not move around on the bus.
to see that no other traffic is coming
sure to always remain in clear view of
the bus driver.
passengers should wear a seat belt or an
appropriate care safety seat or booster
child should ride in a car safety seat
with a harness as long as possible and
then ride in a belt-positioning booster
seat. Your child is ready for a
booster seat when she has reached the
top weight or height allowed for his/her
seat, their shoulders are above the top
harness slots, or their ears have
reached the top of the seat.
child should ride in a belt-positioning
booster seat until the vehicle's seat
belt fits properly (usually when the
child reaches about 4' 9" in height and
is between 8 to 12 years of age). This
means the shoulder belt lies across the
middle of the chest and shoulder, not
the neck or throat; the lap belt is low
and snug across the thighs, not the
stomach; and the child is tall enough to
sit against the vehicle seat back with
their legs bent at the knees and feet
children under 13 years of age should
ride in the rear seat of the vehicles.
If you must drive more children than can
fit in the rear seat (when carpooling,
for example), move the front-seat
passenger's seat as far back as possible
and have the child ride in a booster
seat if the seat belts do not fit
properly without it.
Remember that many crashes occur while
novice teen drivers are going to and
from school. You should limit the
number of teen passengers to prevent
driver distraction; this is even
required by law in many states. Do not
allow your teen to drive while eating,
drinking, or talking on a cell phone.
Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter
how short or long the ride.
on the right, in the same direction as
appropriate hand signals, and respect
traffic lights and stop signs.
bright color clothing in increase
sure your child's walk to a school is a
safe route with well-trained adult
crossing guards at every intersection.
realistic about your child's pedestrian
skills. Because small children are
impulsive and less cautious around
traffic, carefully consider whether or
not your child is ready to walk to
school without adult supervision.
Bright colored clothing will make your
child more visible to drivers.
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