Driving Near School Buses

The start of a new school year has officially begun, which means that yellow buses, crossing guards, and walking
students, will flood the roadways once again. As an insured driver in New Jersey you will want to make sure you know the rules of the road when dealing with school buses.

Keep these rules in mind when you are on the road:

  • Pay attention and follow all traffic rules when driving around school buses. All school buses have flashing lights and a stop arm to alert you when to stop.
  • Yellow lights will begin to flash to warn drivers that a bus is approaching a stop. This is your signal to slow down and prepare to stop.
  • If you are approaching a school bus from either direction with flashing red lights, you must stop at least 25 feet away from the bus. If you are driving on the opposite side of the road with a median in the middle, you must then slow down to 10 mph.
  • Do not pass a bus in either direction when its stop arm is extended. However, if the bus has stopped in front of a school, you may then pass it from either direction at no more than 10 mph.

Keep the roads safe this school season, by paying attention. Have a great year everyone!