When should you activate your eight-way flashing light system when approaching a loading zone?

150 – 300 feet before the loading zone.


What is the “Danger Zone”?

The 10 foot area immediately around the bus,


Where should students cross the road if necessary?

In front of the crossing arm at least 10 feet in front of the bus.


What tools do school bus drivers have at their disposal to mitigate the hazards of loading and unloading?

The eight way light system consisting of two amber and two red alternating lights; a side stop arm with a stop sign and alternating flashing red lights; a crossing arm attached to the front of the bus so driver can easily see the students.


In what gear should you place the bus to load and unload?

Place the transmission in neutral


Which vehicles may pass a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading?

Drivers travelling in the opposite direction on a divided highway


What are the four steps to loading and unloading student passengers?

1) Approach and check 2) Stop 3) Load 4) Check and proceed


What are the special dangers of loading and unloading zones?

Dropped Or Forgotten Objects – watch for students that disappear from sight Handrail Dangers – clothing, accessories or body parts that might get caught Electronic Devices – should never be used when crossing the street Schools – pushing or shoving getting on or off the bus Students Left On The Bus – check for sleeping or hiding students before leaving the bus


Why is the “Danger Zone” potentially hazardous?

It is the area where children entering or exiting are at the greatest risk of being hit by a motor vehicle or run over by the school bus driver.


Why is counting students loading and unloading important?

To make sure you have picked up or dropped off all students assigned to that stop; Recount when unloading as each student reaches a safe area