(08/28/13) - The start of school, for most students, is less than a week away.
As parents prepare their kids with school supplies and clothing, it's also important to go over school bus safety tips.
In just a few days, we'll be seeing a lot more yellow on the roads.
While the start of a new school year is exciting - it can bring some dangers, too.
"Unfortunately, at the beginning of a school year, children are at a higher risk of transportation-related injuries," said Lt. Brian Cole, with the Michigan State Police.
Michigan State Police are urging parents to arm their kids with important safety tips.
Let's begin with the 10-foot danger rule - that zone extends around the entire school bus.
"We want kids to, when they exit the school bus, always move 10 feet away from the school bus and not to cross until they make contact with the school bus driver that lets them know they're OK," Cole said.
Other tips include:
"It's just like a lot of times why a lot of vehicles now come with these rear cameras because, unfortunately, some parents have ran over their own children and when you think about a school bus and the size of it, you're absolutely not going to see anyone if their behind a school bus," Cole said.
Another common mistake - carelessness at the bus stop. While bus drivers always remain cognizant of their surroundings, that cannot be said for all drivers.
"It's really important kids are not horse-playing at a busy stop, running around, chasing each other, because sometimes people aren't watching unfortunately," Cole said.
Flint School bus drivers were practicing safety tips during our interview. Cole says it's just as important for parents to do the same with their kids, by informing them of these important tips.
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