School bus

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An American school bus

A school bus is a type of bus that takes students to their school. They may pick kids up in front of their house or at a dedicated bus stop. In many areas passing a stopped school bus is punishable by a traffic ticket [1]

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1996 Blue Bird school bus
Example of school buses in front of a school in 1915
An school bus from Melbourne, Victoria

In the United States, school buses are yellow while in other countries they may be different. The 3 lines or rub rails on the outside of a school bus in the United States have a purpose for safety in the event of an accident. The bottom line shows where the bus floor is. The middle line shows the bottom of the seat. The top line shows where the top of the seat is as well as the bottom of the window.[2] School buses are also equipped with more than one emergency exit. These could be on the side of the bus, the top, or the back. Each of these is for if the bus rolls one of these sides during an accident. When opened they also will make a loud alarm sound.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Faith, Clara (10 August 2023). "Back to school safety: Urging drivers to be caution near bus stop". WACH. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  2. "Why school buses are always yellow, and why they all have rub rails". WYTV. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  3. "49 CFR § 571.217 - Standard No. 217; Bus emergency exits and window retention and release". LII / Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 13 August 2023.