As the school year heats up, the roads once again grow congested with school buses. While these buses are crucial for safely transporting our children to and from school each day, they also add an extra layer of complexity to our daily commute. School buses disrupt traffic patterns, and their hulking size makes it more difficult to view the road ahead.
PennDOT has clear rules on how to behave around school buses, especially when they’re stopped to pick up or drop off students:
Failure to follow these rules can result in penalties, including:
To keep yourself safe, always maintain a safe distance when driving behind buses, and pay attention to School Zone signs, where fines and penalties become even more severe.
School buses aren’t the only buses on the road, however. The public bus fleet is also on the roads every day, and driving around them presents its own challenges.
Though you have greater legal protection if you’re in an accident with a public bus, you should still modify your behavior around them to remain safe. In the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual, PennDOT recommends you:
Most Pennsylvania jurisdictions will allow you to pass a public bus that is letting people on or off, provided that you’re on a road where passing is legal, like when there’s a dotted yellow line or a four-lane highway. However, the following conditions must also be met:
If you pass, proceed with caution. Riders who get off the bus may decide to immediately cross the street before the bus begins moving. If you aren’t careful, you could hit these individuals with your vehicle.
Buses add an extra layer of complexity to driving, but knowing the laws surrounding them makes the process much easier.
If you’ve been injured in a traffic accident involving a bus, contact Dugan & Associates. We’re here to help you get the check you deserve.
"*" indicates required fields