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What To Do When A School Bus Catches Fire

Bus transportation is considered as one of the safest modes of transit for students. But, a fire resulting from a collision or failure of a component puts lives at risk and can have an enormous impact on operational costs as well.

There are diverse reasons that can cause fire in a school bus – due to mechanical failures, wires got loose and rub against engine parts, overload of circuit boards, explosion of tires or even leaks that release inflammatory fluids.

Read Also: 10 School Bus Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist

In most cases, school bus fires start in the engine area, running gear, or wheel area of the vehicle. Studies analyze that the most frequent cause of ignition was failure of equipment or heat source.

Along with transporting students safe to and from school, school bus drivers and attendees may have to handle even certain emergency situations such as a bus crash, accident or fire.


In such a situation, they are responsible to supervise all students and follow procedures for the appropriate release of students

According to the U.S. government statistics, on an average – 379 school bus fires happen each year, though deaths are rare from such fire incidents.

Drivers in school bus must be well trained by the school district board to take immediate action, if they doubt any smoke or fire in any portion of the bus or even if the bus is near an existing fire and they are unable to move the bus away.

In such a scenario, take quick actions such as

  • Stop the bus in a safe area
  • Vacate the bus
  • Call Bus Dispatch number
  • Use fire extinguisher

Evacuate the bus

Organize students for a transfer to another school bus. School bus fire evacuation drills and training is important for drivers to rescue students from a burning bus.

Such drills can also help students to stay prepared in safely escaping from the bus. Students will be able to know when and how to evacuate as well as the relevance of evacuating in an orderly way.

Read Also: School Bus Transportation Security – 18 Practices to Follow

To evacuate the bus, drivers should –

  • Call for bus dispatch, shut off motor, set brake and remove key
  • Decide the right evacuation route, which ever you think is appropriate – let that be exit door, front or side doors, roof hatch or even windows.
  • Ensure that the attendees are helping students to get off safely and assemble everyone together
  • In case of time shortage, instruct students to leave their bags and other personal belongings on the bus and make sure that everyone has left
  • Leave the bus only after all the students leave and remember to take your cell phone as well as the first aid kit
  • Follow the correct student release procedures and do not re-enter the bus until recommended by the authorities
  • Follow correct transfer procedures, in case if you are transferring students to another bus. Ask them to move to that bus in an orderly manner, drivers should stay alert until the transfer is complete.
  • Designate older students to help the young ones in evacuation

Use fire suppression systems

Fire suppression systems can help to extinguish fire immediately. Such advanced systems release a mist or powder to extinguish the fire, when the temperature reaches a certain level.

Installation and testing of such fire suppression systems in engine compartments is now getting mandatory in buses as well as coaches.

These systems –

  • Provide extra time for students with disabilities to leave the bus
  • Can put out fire for rear-engine buses, even before driver might be aware of the incident

Maintenance staff and supervisors should also undergo thorough training during installation of such systems.

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School districts can take certain steps to prevent such incidents such as replacing old buses with new ones, either by purchasing them or by getting benefits from a lease program.

Drivers should be recommended to inspect their school buses daily before every trip, check for leaks and make sure that all exit doors open perfectly, making the bus ready for any such emergency situations.

8 Road Safety Tips For Pedestrians

Pedestrians also have the responsibility to follow certain traffic rules while on road. Your behaviour should not be the reason for any casualty. Try to be more attentive to your surroundings and follow the rules, as pedestrians your eyes and ears are your best tools for keeping you safe.


  • Don’t jaywalk
  • Use sidewalks as much as possible, if not walk facing the traffic signal to know your surroundings
  • Mind the signs and signals
  • Use pedestrian crossings to cross the road
  • Before crossing the road look both sides to make sure there aren’t any vehicles
  • While on road do not text, play or hear music. Avoid distractions as much as possible
  • When you’re with children try to make sure they are not walking by the side of the road. Always maintain 3 feet distance from the road
  • During harsh weathers or at night, try to wear light coloured clothing so that you are visible.
Road Safety Tips For Pedestrians

Road Safety Rules In The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country where cyclists form a quarter of its traffic along with cars, buses, trams, trucks and trains.

With an enormous number of cyclists on the road, driving can be a challenge. The Netherlands Transport Ministry issues road safety rules and regulations for both motorists and cyclists.

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Driver’s License

  • The minimum age requirement for obtaining a Dutch driving license for cars is 17 years.
  • A moped driving license can be obtained by drivers aged 16 and above.
  • The learner has essentially to pass a compulsory theory exam and a final practical exam from the Central Office of Driving Certification (CBR).
  • Before the final practical exam, learners have to perform an intermediate practical exam in stopping, turning and parking.
  • High-speed bicycles with speed limits of 45km/h are required to have number plates. The riders should possess moped driving licenses.

Speed Limits

  • In general, the speed limits are 50 km/h on the city roads (urban areas) and 80 km/h on other rural roads.
  • The maximum speed allowed on expressways is 100 km/h and on motorways is 130 km/h
  • Traffic fines are imposed for speed violations. Speeding above the limits by 3-4 km/h is not fined on most of the roads. On roads where the speed limit is 130 km/h, there is no margin for violation. Even speed of 1 km/h above the limit is fined.
  • The speed is limited to 30 km/h within built-up areas and 40 km/h outside built-up areas on bicycle or moped tracks.
  • If excessive speeds are detected, the driver incurs on-the-spot fines.

Road Signs

  • Priority signs are those that indicate Stop, Start and End of Priority Roads, Give Way.
  • Warning signs indicate No Entry, Entry Closed to Cycles, Mopeds and Trucks; those that ban entry of vehicles exceeding specified lengths.
  • Instruction signs are those that ask to Drive Ahead, Keep Right, Turn Right, etc.
  • Warning signs indicate the presence of Hills, Curves, School Crossings, Tram Crossings, Road Closures, etc.

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Traffic Lights

  • Traffic lights follow the sequence of red, amber, green. An illuminated arrow alongside traffic lights indicates that vehicles can turn only in the direction of the arrow.
  • Signals with an illuminated picture of a bicycle pertain to bicycle/moped riders.
  • Signs stating ‘Right turn clear for bicycles and mopeds’ implies the amber and red lights do not apply to them and they can turn right.
  • Traffic lights for buses and trams follow the white, amber, red sequence where the flashing white light indicates that they can proceed.
  • At pedestrian crossings, a green light shows that they can cross; flashing green light warns that the light might turn to red soon and red light prevents pedestrians from crossing.

Safety Rules

  • Drivers and all passengers in the car should wear seat-belts.
  • Children below the age of 5 and below the height of 1.35m should be seated on safety seats at the rear of the car.
  • Helmets are to be worn by motorcyclists.
  • Mobile phones can be used only with a hands-free device. Holding a mobile phone while driving is also considered an offence.

Road Rules

  • The Dutch drive their vehicles keeping to the right side of the road. They are expected to keep to the extreme right of the road.
  • Overtaking of vehicles is permitted from the left. Cyclists have to overtake other cyclists from the left. Trams may be overtaken from the right. Vehicles entering a roundabout may overtake from the right.
  • Drinking and driving is illegal. Drivers who have been in possession of a license for five years or longer are permitted an alcohol level of a maximum of 50 mg/100 ml of blood. If one has held a license for less than five years the tolerance level is 20 mg/100 ml. The alcohol level allowed for scooter and moped drivers under the age of 24 is 20 mg/100 ml.
  • The DUI law makes operation of a vehicle with even a small amount of (detectable) specific drugs in one’s system illegal. This offence could lead to imprisonment and suspension of licenses for up to five years.
  • Traffic, including cyclists, approaching from the right has to be given priority unless signs indicate otherwise.
  • Trams are to be given priority over all other traffic except in areas where sign-posts mention otherwise.
  • Drivers reversing, performing U-turns, exiting and entering roads must give way to other vehicles at all times.
  • Drivers are not permitted to execute U-turns or reverse on motorways and highways.
  • Trailers and heavy vehicles are restricted to using the two right innermost lanes.
  • Dipped headlights have to be used after dark and in poor visibility conditions.
  • In cities and built-up areas, headlights can be flashed if necessary; horns can be used only in dangerous situations.
  • Pedestrians should walk on the pedestrian tracks. Pedestrians should familiarize themselves with the network of bicycle paths as most often they resemble foot-paths.
  • Cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast. 

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  • P-Zones are parking areas, most of which are metered. Areas with parking meters allow vehicles to be parked for 1-2 hours on paying the charges.
  • Blue-zone parking in urban areas permits parking on display of time-stamped traffic disc. The discs can be obtained from motor clubs and police stations.
  • Parking garages allow parking on payment of charges.
  • Park and Ride spaces are organized parking spaces outside the city limits. Drivers park in these spaces and use public transport to their destinations.
  • Alongside ‘no parking’ signs, rectangular signs indicate times when parking is restricted in such areas.
  • Parking is prohibited within five meters from intersections, outside built-up areas, on broken yellow lines and in places obstructing exits and entrances.
  • Cycles and mopeds are to be parked on pavements, footpaths and areas specifically assigned for parking.
  • Disabled drivers and invalid carriages are exempted from parking restrictions.
  • Despite traffic rules, traffic jams are a major occurrence during peak times. The narrow inner roads get congested and traffic spills over on to main highways.
  • Being wary of cycle riders, while driving, slows the drivers. The government maximizes its efforts to see that the roads are made safer and the drivers are therefore happier.

Road Safety Rules In Australia – All You Need To Know

Australian driving rules ensure that drivers of all ages drive in the safest possible way. The stringent requirements from obtaining a driving license, detailed traffic signs, driving rules and safety regulations are instituted to assure safer driving habits amongst its drivers.

Australians drive keeping to the left of the road. This is different from some other countries. An overview of the traffic rules and regulations are detailed as follows.

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Obtaining a Driving License

  • The minimum age requirement to obtain a driving license in Australia is 16 years. After passing the test one is qualified for a Learner’s Permit on which he is permitted to drive for two years.
  • On completion of driving for a minimum of 12 months on a Learner’s Permit, he is eligible to apply for Provisional License – P1.  
  • A driver qualifies for the Provisional License – P2 when he is 18 years and above and has held P1 license for a minimum period of 1 year.
  • Anyone who is 20 years or older is eligible for the Full Driving License provided he has completed 2 years of driving on his P2 License.

Speed Limits

  • The maximum speed limit outside built-up areas is 100 km/h and within built-up areas is 50 km/h.
  • Speed limits of 25 km/h are imposed at school crossings and koala crossings. This speed limit is applicable when passing school buses that have stopped for picking or dropping students or passing emergency vehicles with their lights flashing. In some residential areas, speed limits have been fixed at 40 km/h.
  • In shared zones where both pedestrians and vehicles are permitted, the speed has to be kept to a minimum of 10 km/h.
  • Racing and over-speeding are prohibited on the roads. The police confiscate number plates which is equivalent to impounding of the vehicle.

Road Signs

  • Regulatory – Signs that must be obeyed: Stop; Give way, Speed Limit, No Right/ Left turn.
  • Warning – Signs that warn of impending hazards or unusual feature on the road: Speed advice at curves and bends, etc.
  • Direction – Signs that provide information to the driver: distances to places, directions to towns and roads, emergency services, lay-bys, telephones, etc.
  • Temporary – Signs that caution the driver about work on the road, closed lanes or detours.

Traffic Lanes

  • A continuous white lane line should not be crossed unless to overtake a cyclist or to avoid any other obstruction.
  • Bus lanes are denoted by signs. This is for buses, bicycles, taxis and emergency vehicles during the times mentioned on the signs. •    ‘Bus Only’ lanes are painted with a red box with ‘Bus Only’ written in white.  The lanes are marked by a continuous red line alongside the white lane marking.
  • Bicycle lanes are colored green and are designated for the exclusive use of bicycle riders.
  • Transit Lanes are indicated by signs T2 and T3. T2 can be used by any vehicle with two or more passengers including the driver and T3 can be used by vehicles with three or more passengers including the driver. 

Traffic Lights

  • Traffic lights follow the sequence of red, yellow, green.
  • Most of the traffic lights have arrow lights at the intersections. At a red arrow light, you are not allowed to turn in the direction of the arrow. Yellow arrow cautions the driver about the turn of lights preparing him to stop. Green arrow light permits turn in the direction of the arrow.
  • When traffic lights are not functional, the rule of Giving Way to the Right or at a T-intersection has to be obeyed wherever applicable.
  • Signs stating ‘Turn left when the lights are red’ allows the driver to turn left before the lights turn to green after giving way to pedestrians and other vehicles.
  • Flashing yellow light signals the driver to proceed with caution.
  • White ‘T’ light is an indication to a tram driver and ‘B’ light is an indication to the bus driver that they may continue to drive or proceed. 
  • Red/Green bicycle lights with symbols indicate to cyclists whether to stop, proceed or wait.
  • U-turns cannot be made at all intersections unless there is a sign permitting U-turn.
  • Bicycle storage area or bike box is an area on the road with bicycle symbols painted on it. This area will be painted green. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the storage area when the lights are red.

Safety Rules

  • Seat belts are to be worn by the driver and all passengers while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Children between the ages of 6 months to 7 years are to be seated on rear passenger seats. An infant restraint or a child safety seat with harness has to be used.
  • A child of any age with a medical condition or disability is allowed to sit on the front seat. They should be properly restrained and the driver should carry a medical certificate.
  • Cyclists, moped and motor scooter drivers are required to wear a helmet and appropriate riding gear.
  • Usage of mobile phones while driving is not allowed.


  • Headlights, rear lights and number plate lights are to be turned on when driving in the dark or when visibility is poor
  • Driving with only park lights is considered to be an offence.
  • Headlights can be momentarily flashed on high beam to indicate overtaking.
  • Lights should be dipped within 200 m of an oncoming vehicle and while nearing the rear of a vehicle.
  • Hazard lights can be used by drivers in bad weather and to warn other drivers of obstructions.

Driving Rules

  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other prescription medicines which impair driving skills. The blood alcohol level should not be in excess of 0.05 %.
  • Australia follows a zero-tolerance policy for drivers on Provisional Licenses. Zero tolerance is applicable to drivers of taxis, buses and heavy vehicles.
  • It is advisable to check the local weather conditions if driving long distances. Bush-fires, floods, cyclones could happen anytime.
  • Overtaking is permitted only where the centre line marking is a single broken line.
  • While overtaking a road train, allow plenty of distance as the wind rush will pull the vehicle towards it.
  • Where lanes are not marked, the driver should drive near the left side of the road.
  • Double unbroken lines can be crossed only in cases of hazards like an accident or fallen tree or when a car is parked illegally.
  • Give way signs are an integral part of Australian traffic rules. It is important to give way to pedestrians, bicycle riders, buses, trams and trains, vehicles at intersections and roundabouts. Giving way indicates slowing down or if necessary stopping to allow vehicles to proceed safely avoiding collisions.
  • Freeways or expressways allow movement of vehicles at speeds higher than on normal roads. The right lane must be freed for overtaking. A safe distance from other vehicles has to be maintained at all times. Drivers have to be alert as traffic from behind may move at very high speeds.
  • A vehicle is not permitted to make U-turns or reverse on a freeway. They are not permitted to stop or park unless in cases of emergencies. Pedestrians, cyclists, animal-drawn vehicles and animals are prohibited from using freeways.
  • Horns must be used only to warn pedestrians and other vehicles of dangers.

Parking Rules

  • Parking signs are displayed showing the time duration for which a vehicle can be parked on specific days.
  • Parking for more than 2 minutes in a No Parking Zone is not allowed. The driver has to remain in or within 3 m of the vehicle if he does stop in this zone.
  • Pay parking sign allows parking for the duration shown on the signs provided the charges are paid.
  • While parking on a hill or a curve it has to be ensured that the vehicle is visible to an oncoming vehicle from 100 m away.

Read Also: 30 Essential Road Safety Rules in India

On-the-spot fines, demerit points, suspension and disqualification of licenses act as deterrents to the violation of traffic regulations.  Adhering to the set of traffic rules makes driving easier and the roads safer.

10 Road Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

Driving is the thing which almost every people enjoy as it provides you with the chance to explore new places and what’s going on in the city. But apart from the fun, you must ensure the safety of your life, your passenger’s life and the other road users.

Accidents occurring on the road can be prevented to a large extent if adequate safety measures are taken. Drivers’ awareness and anticipation towards the surroundings play an important role to avoid accidents.

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While driving, you should be very vigilant when you are about to make the right turn or left turn or whether others drivers are about to overtake or not. You should also be careful about braking as sudden braking can lead to any mishaps.

With so many other drivers, pedestrians, huge semi trucks and many other obstacles, you as a driver should take some basic safety measures before starting the trip to reach the destination safely and on time.

Following we are shedding out 10 essential road safety tips that can be useful to save your life and other lives:

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8 Road Safety Tips for Motorists – [Infographics]

Road safety tips for motorists are crucial for all of us when we hit the road with our wheels. As we can’t predict what is going to happen, hence it is wise to take precautions all the time. Accidents are the topmost things which await daily riders.

Each of us is responsible for road safety as well as our own safety. Whether a car driver, truck or lorry driver, a motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian, he/she must follow the rules and regulations that are necessary. Road users must have patience and should be always alert and careful on the road and ought to be kind to other road users.

Unfortunately, bike accidents can and do happens. Dangerous roads, faulty gear, negligent driving, etc can lead to unsafe situations. But there are several ways which can help them to keep themselves safe and secure on road. The main or the key thing that every motorist must take care of is they must follow all the rules and regulations and safety tips that are essential for them.

Here we are showcasing certain safety tips for motorists in the form of an infographic.

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30 Essential Road Safety Rules in India [Infographic]

Road safety is of prime importance as it is essential to avoid unnecessary accidents. We’ve already lost a lot of lives just because we haven’t been careful enough. Safety is gainful, accident is painful.

Safety begins with a team work and we all have to keep an eye out to not just our safety but also the safety of others too. Safety rules are your best tools for survival. We all have come across someone who has met with a terrible accident.

So, it is not uncommon. With the right steps we can avoid any harm to ourselves and others.

The best gift we can give our family is ourselves. It is not something new that India’s roads are the most chaotic place to ride a vehicle. It is mandatory to adhere to the rules while you are on the road.

Road safety rules are not to be taken lightly but most people don’t even follow the speed lanes correctly. According to the Road Safety Annual Report, there has been a significant rise in the fatalities just because people are not careful about the rules created just for the safety of them.

How many of you know about the road safety week that is conducted every year on January?

People forget to follow simple rules like zebra crossing is for pedestrians.

The new measures implemented aims to make the roads safer to both drivers and pedestrians. A lot of road accidents in India occur due to over speeding and recklessness.

If you could just be more cautious a life could be saved. There are signs on the road that you fail to notice just because you are driving your vehicle fast.

These road signs are carefully implemented by road safety authorities after checking on the probability of the accidents. Responsible driving is to keep an eye out for road signs and follow them without prejudice. Check out this infographic to know the 30 essential road safety rules in India. 

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7 Suggestions for Improving Student Road Safety Campaigns

Student road safety is a prime concern not only for parents but also for school administrations. Given the fact that road safety is crucial for all, students are particularly prompted to be aware of road safety rules. Along with parents, educators play an imperative role in imparting safety knowledge in kids.

If you are the guardian of a student, here are 7 essential suggestions that can improve student road safety drives. Hence, it is not only substantial that you realize these road safety specifications to teach your wards, but also pave the way for improving them enabling them be rest-assured of the safety of your kids.

  1. Traffic Signs and Their Awareness

You should be aware of the different types of traffic signs that will assist you stay safe while on the move. Below is the rundown of the relevant traffic signs.

Traffic Signs and Symbols

Of course, you will be aware of the striking traffic pole that flashes three bright lights; red, amber and green. Nevertheless, these traffic poles installed at every junction have different meanings according to the color. While traffic signs aid you drive safe and ensure the safety of fellow travelers and walkers, you should also pay attention to certain essential traffic signs.

Check out the signs which indicate a bump head, prohibited zones, no honking areas, hospital and school zones or a one-way indicator. Moreover, only when you follow these traffic signs will you avoid accidents that will result in losing the lives of students. Students, in turn, should be informed regarding the above traffic signs in such a way that they are in line with the approaching road traffic.

Indicators of Directions 

Night time driving is no simpler than a jig. Fading natural light during dusk can become the reason for accidents. It is for this purpose that vehicles come with direction indicators. Given a scenario when there was a school-day celebration and the road chock-a-block with vehicles, students and parents, it is significant that you utilize your directional indicators. On the other hand, these indicators will assist students and parents to be aware of  the vehicle movements and  stay safe.

Hand Signals

Furthermore, gesticulating with hands during driving has its own benefits. While you can steer clear of accidents you can also avoid a number of confusions provided you have awareness of what a particular hand signal means. Here are certain basic hand signals that can ensure the safety of students on the move.

If you are swinging your right hand up and down with your palm facing down, you are asking for the driver behind you to slow down. However, if you wish to stop your vehicle after noticing a student crossing the road, you can raise your forearm vertically. In case the driver behind you attempts to overtake you, you can swing your right arm back and forth in a semicircular motion.

Road Lanes

When you are at the wheel, you should always stay on the left side of the road. However, when you are switching lanes, you can apply both the hand signals and direction indicators for informing the approaching group of students when to cross the road. Additionally, it comes as a wise move to evade regular lane changing.

  1. Check on Speed

Over-speeding is one of the major reasons for road accidents. If the students should be steered clear of all such instances, it is the duty of the concerned authorities to set permissible vehicle speed limits. These tabs on vehicular speed will not only assist you exercise enhanced control over the traffic, but will also ensure the safety of students on the road.

It is the age of the automated devices, which enables you to track the speed of vehicles. Speed check radars are the mechanized devices that ensure the safety of students in high traffic areas.  If such devices are installed, you can penalize erring drivers who have crossed the specified speed limit with fines and enable them to realize the safety of students.

  1. The Mandatory Usage of Safety Gear

All in an attempt to ensure the road safety of students, seat belts come in as safety mechanisms for four wheelers. In the event a student is riding a two-wheeler, it is necessary that he/she steps out of the home with a helmet on. Helmets are safety gears that protect students from head injuries which might either lead them to a life of a vegetable or to face death in extreme cases.

  1. Timely Maintenance of Your Vehicle

A stitch in time saves nine. This is a famous maxim that reiterates the significance of regular maintenance of student vehicles. In an attempt to offer road safety to students, you as guardians should always ensure that the vehicle your ward is riding is in top condition. Be it the petrol/ diesel indicator, the speedometer or the presence of bald tires. If you can monitor the timely maintenance of your child’s vehicle, you can ensure his safety at all times.

  1. Usage of Hoardings

Another innovative yet highly effective suggestion to impart road safety suggestions is through hoardings. Huge hoardings with pictures catch the attention of all those who aren’t much informed regarding road safety. When students regularly view these informative hoardings, they will be informed in regard to the safety measures they need to implement while on the move. This way, students can not only preserve their own lives, but also the lives of pedestrians and fellow travelers on the road.

  1. Being On Time – A Virtue That Guarantees Road Safety

Punctuality comes with its own benefits. Students who are aware of time management can vouch for a gratifying life . They need not rush. Hurry causes worry, leading to accidents. Hence, it is vital to inculcate time management skills amongst students enabling them drive at their own pace and reach their destination in peace.

  1. Pick a Vehicle Designed for Safety

You as guardians of students can become strong advocates of safety when you insist on buying a vehicle that is high on safety standards. The design of the vehicle goes a long way in ensuring that your ward reaches home safe in spite of meeting with an accident. Vehicles which come with inbuilt shock absorbers result in a reduced impact on your ward. Since the crash impact is reduced to a considerable extent, your ward can save himself from such wrathful accidents.

The Last Word

All for the sake of simplifying the lives of students while promising them with road safety mechanisms, the above-mentioned 7 suggestions can improve the current state of affairs. Safety is a function of observation and implementation. Only when you keenly observe and implement corrective actions that you can preserve not only your life, but also the lives of travelers and pedestrians eager to reach their destination.

5 Technology Tools that Enhance Road Safety in India

Technology has revolutionized the road safety in India. Nevertheless, road safety is crucial and the Government intends to leverage technology for augmenting the safety of citizens. The technology enables you to control traffic, catch the lawbreakers, and provide road safety.  Let us check out the 5 technology solutions that assist you to create Indian roads safer:

1. LIDAR Gun

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) gun is a weightless and simple tool, which enables the law officials to catch and book vehicle that crosses the speed limit. With the invisible infrared beam in the gun, you will be able to target individual vehicle and recognize whether a particular vehicle is violating the speed limit or not, especially, on the basis of variations recorded in the light.

Moreover, the device estimates the vehicle’s speed within a second and is devoid of errors. Apart from that, the gun also assists you to establish the distance between two vehicles and realize the tailgating instances. In addition, the device enables you to capture and record images of license plates. However, the device is already implemented by traffic authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

2.  Speed Indication Display

Warning signs can be beneficial for road users. The Speed indication display that serves as a warning sign, are digital speed boards, which is installed on roads for identifying whether a vehicle crosses the speed limit or not. These devices are installed along with a radar sensor, and can evaluate the speed of the vehicle, which is displayed on the LED displays, visible for all the vehicles.

Today, a wide range of speed indication display devices is available, while certain display the vehicles, which are driving under and over speed and other display the real-time speed of each vehicle. At times, the device captures and store images of speeding vehicles.

Speed Indication Displays have been implemented in Singapore and UK, and Indian Government has already suggested the installation of these devices in its scheduled ‘Integrated Traffic Management System’.

3. Speed Governors

Speed governors as the name implies, allows you to recognize when a vehicle crosses the decided speed limit. With the sensors attached to the device, you can recognize how swiftly a vehicle is going, and whenever the vehicle attempts to cross the speed limit, it will restrict the air flow and engine fuel. Hence, the vehicle will automatically slow down and stops. Therefore, the speed governor is an ideal solution for the vehicles to remain within the speed limit.

4. Variable message signs

Variable message sign are LED boards, which display vital information to commuters. This sign is installed in Indian cities such as Bangalore and Hyderabad. Delhi is also planning to install the sign in the near future. As a result, it serves valuable to road users as they are able to receive the latest updates on the road and traffic conditions especially that of vehicle breakdowns and traffic congestion.

5. Inductive Loops

Induction loops are beneficial, since it detects the vehicles waiting at the junction and send these data to traffic signals, which changes automatically based on the situation. How it works? These loops utilize electromagnetic fields and it will experience a change  in frequency, whenever a vehicle enters that particular area. The feedback obtained from it is transferred via connected cables. In addition to this, the type of vehicle can also be determined on the basis of the changes in frequency.

Final Thoughts

As a matter of fact, the 5 technological solutions are successfully implemented in certain countries. With the integration of these technologies, India has an enormous opportunity to safeguard the road users.

13 General Road Safety Rules for Kids

“Safety is more important than convenience”- Don Hambidge

Safety is a key concern for parents. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure the road safety for your kids. Nevertheless, you cannot always accompany your kids and guide them. Of course, parents ensure the safety of their child at home and teachers or school transportation authority ensure the kid’s safety in order to safeguard the credibility of the schools. Meanwhile, who will be responsible for kid’s safety on the roads?

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Moreover, a majority of students will either walk to school or obtain the school transportation services. As a result, it is your duty to assert them regarding the merits of possessing essential safety skills.

Relevance of road safety rules for kids

As a matter of fact, children will not be mature enough to realize what is right or what is wrong, while walking on the roads. Without the appropriate guidance and awareness of road safety rules, it is risky to send children unaccompanied. Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, it was established that 3% of the people died on the road were children.

Furthermore, 480 kids expire constantly due to road related accidents every year. Apart from that, among 4884 pedestrians who died in accidents, 207 of them are kids. In addition, when it is regarding the safety of your kid, you will not be able to swiftly compromise it. Consequently, once they reach the grown up stage, you can impart the road safety education to children.

Check out the 13 basic road safety rules for kids:

1. Aware of the road signals

Assist your kid to learn the traffic lights and signs. Check out the relevance of each color:

  • Green light is an indication for “go”-  Whenever the signal turns green, the vehicle can move ahead
  • Red light is an indication “to stop”- All the vehicles have to stop, when the red light is on
  • Yellow light is an indication “to slow down”- When the yellow light turns on, you should slow down your vehicle and prepare to stop
  • “Walking man” signal at intersections are constructed for the pedestrians. Recall the fact that you will be authorized to cross the road only when the signal turns green. Ensure that there are no vehicles, both on the left and right side of the road
  • Never attempt to cross the road, if the signboard signifies “Don’t walk” message or the walking symbol turns red

At times, a hand symbol is displayed instead of “walking man” symbol or “walk” signals. Teach the kids regarding it and if possible render them an awareness of the other essential traffic signals.

2. Stop, look, and cross

In fact, students will either walk to school or to the bus stop for waiting their respective school bus. The only task of students is to cross the road prudently, right after the school bus drops them off. Hence, you should undertake the responsibility to provide adequate guidance for crossing the road cautiously.

Teach them to be aware of various road signs and recommend them to utilize the zebra crossing while crossing the road. If there are no markings or signs, the following procedures can be worthwhile:

  • Check the right side, after that to the left side of the road for the incoming vehicles
  • If you notice a vehicle is approaching, wait for the vehicle to pass and then safely cross the road
  • Do not cross the road at the turns, it is unsafe
  • Never cross the road between the stopped vehicles

However, accompaniment is required for the children aged below 6 years and you should compulsorily hold their hands while crossing the road.

3. Listen

Educate the child to be extra vigilant while they cross the road at the turns. As a consequence, listening can only aid them. For this reason, instruct your child to listen and ensure whether a vehicle is approaching or not. Ordinarily, vehicles apply horns at turns and at unmanned intersections to provide a warning to other road users. Meanwhile, you can interpret the following instances to your child:

  • If a horn is heard, stop and cross only after ensuring that no vehicle approaches you from left or right side of the road
  • Ask them to keenly heed the vehicle engine sounds close-by. Inform them that if the sound is faint, it is away from you and if the sound is loud, it is nearing you

4. Don’t rush on roads

Children will not be tolerant and have a tendency to dash across the road to reach the other side. In addition, children become absent-minded when they are having fun and henceforth  bound across or along the road. Furthermore, they will be effortlessly distracted and leave your hand to dart or sprint away. Therefore, teach your child to remain placid while they are near the road.

5. Relevance of Sidewalks

Persuade your child to avail the service of sidewalks whenever they walk on the road. Demonstrate your child how to cross the road safely. Motivate them to avail the sidewalks even though it is not a busy street.

6. Crossroads and pedestrian crossings

Kids will have a tendency to scoot across the street. This will become particularly perilous since vehicles will never slow down unless there is a cross road or relevant signal. Notify your kid to cross only at intersections and avail the pedestrian crossings. If there is no crossroad or  pedestrian crossing, you can admonish your child to comply the rules mentioned above.

7. Place the hands inside the vehicle

In the mean time, a multitude of kids have the habit of placing their hands outside the vehicle while it is moving. At times, they will lay their head out and wave with exhilaration. This is a familiar sight among the school bus students. Nevertheless, these behaviors can have significant consequences. Due to carelessness, they will be injured by vehicles, which advances from the opposite direction.

8. Never cross road at bends

Bends are evidently the blind spot for motorists. When you attempt to cross at bends, the driver will be unable to recognize you and stop the car at the right time. As a result, kids will be hurt while crossing at bends.

9. Remain safe on a bicycle

If your kid rides bicycle to reach the school, ensure that they adhere to the following cycling rules:

  • Compel them to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle
  • Check the working condition of bicycle before starting the trip- you should thoroughly inspect brakes, light, etc.
  • Utilize the bicycle lane. If such a lane does not exist, ride the bike either on the extreme left or right side of the road and glide along with the traffic. While cycling, have a consideration for  bulky vehicles
  • Apply headlights if the cycling area is not properly lightened and at night, and hence cyclists can be conveniently noticed by others
  • Never permit your child to ride on congested streets without your supervision

10.  Staying safe in a moving vehicle

In a moving vehicle, you can ensure the kid’s safety with the assistance of a seat belt. Let them practice the following safety rules in your absence:

  • Never stand, stroll or sprint inside a moving vehicle
  • Remain seated and hold the rails on the seats until the school bus halts
  • Do not put your body part outside the moving vehicle

11. Get off the vehicle at the curb side

Ask your kid to memorize the following safety tips and conform to the rules while they descend from the school bus:

  • Ensure that you reach the bus stop prior to the scheduled bus timing in order to avert the circumstance of running behind the school bus
  • Form a queue to board or descend the school bus
  • Disembark the school bus at the curbside in order to evade unnecessary endangerment and hindrance to other vehicles

12.  Be visible, remain safe

It is advisable to not to wear black clothes at night. Safety is a key consideration for everyone and hence your kid should be seen or noticed by drivers. To be noticed, it is wise to follow the procedures given below:

  • Insist your kid to wear reflective materials or light colored attires while strolling or cycling at night
  • Convince your kids regarding the relevance of wearing bright colored clothes during daytime
  • If possible, wave towards the incoming vehicle to indicate your presence on the road

13. Don’t surge

Children display over-enthusiasm whenever they need to meet someone or reach the desired destination. Teach your kids the following tips:

  • Rushing while you board or descend the vehicle can be increasingly hazardous
  • Never distract yourself or children as it can cause menacing results
  • Be calm and don’t surge while walking on the street
  • Never allow them to close the vehicle doors abruptly and guide them to shut the door only with the driver’s authority
  • Do not permit them to play either in the bus bay or on the roads