Useful Tips from Our Bus Accident Attorney
Travelling can be complicated, dangerous and exhausting even on your own. But when you have kids with you, the weight of your responsibility becomes huge. You have to take care of them, feed them, watch that they are not cold and, most importantly, you have to ensure their safety.
If you bring children with you on a bus trip, here are some useful and very helpful safety tips to make your life easier.
If you are traveling with very small kids, you will probably need a stroller. However, you should keep in mind that there might not be enough space on the bus for it. So, do not use large or double-wide strollers because they are not practical and just might not fit. The best thing to do is to take a folding umbrella style stroller. But now they have also designed some wonderful strollers that fold into a bag size with the push of a couple of buttons, and can be brought onto planes, trains, etc. They are quite expensive, so it does not make sense to buy one only for a bus trip.
Another thing to remember about strollers and traveling with children is that you can board with children inside the stroller, but you will have to take them out before the bus moves. To make the boarding easier, you can ask the operator or the driver to deploy the lift or ramp.
When you take your child from the stroller, fold it and put out of the way so that it does not block the aisle or doorway. Otherwise, it may pose a hazard in an emergency situation.
To make sure you do not lose your child, always keep him or her close to you at the departure and arrival bus stations as well as when the bus stops for rest or fuel.
Remember to cross the street behind the bus and not in front of it. Explain to your kids why it is important and make sure they follow the rule. Also, always look both ways before crossing the street.
Hold onto your children when entering the bus, exiting it or crossing the street.
Do not let your children run and play too close to the curb. Wait before the bus stops completely and opens the door for boarding before approaching it.
Even if you are late, do not run to catch the bus. It’s not worth risking your health and you can always catch the next bus.
Brief your children on the rules for riding a bus. Explain to them what behavior is and isn’t allowed on a bus. Do it before the trip so that you have enough time to answer their questions and make sure they understand the basic rules for their own safety.
Traveling with a group
If you chaperone a group of kids on a bus trip, you need to set strict rules. It is best to separate the children into pairs so that no-one gets lost. Count them before boarding and after exiting the bus.
When you travel with kids by bus, it is better to take precautions in case of an accident and not need them than not know what to do after an accident actually happens.
One last piece of advice: get the phone number of a good bus accident attorney and find out all the steps you should take if an accident happens.
Call Wilshire Law Firm to consult a qualified and experienced bus accident attorney and we will answer all your questions.
Last Updated: 03-24-2017