Quiz: Sharing the road with municipal buses
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Safe Driving: 10 Tips for Sharing the Road with Buses
Buses can be difficult to share the road with, especially when they’re driving in a way that seems unsafe. In Canada, most provinces have laws requiring buses and other vehicles to give bus drivers three feet of space when passing on a road. However, there are many ways buses can make sharing the road safe for all. Here are 10 tips for sharing the road with buses when you’re in your car. Remember that if you see an emergency bus stop ahead, slow down and let it pass safely.
Share the Road
Buses need to get around, just like people. If you’re driving, you’ll have to let them in. For kids and adults, they’ll get a kick out of pulling up alongside buses on your way to school or work and getting an eyeful of the bus driver’s shirt – especially if that driver is wearing a bow tie. Don’t be in such a hurry to pass that you end up having a collision with the bus and are involved in an accident. This is especially important when turning left or right because buses often have difficulty making these turns at high speeds due to their size.
Plan Ahead: Time for Transit at School or Work
If you live in big cities or move around a lot, it can be very handy to plan ahead and make sure that the buses you need are running when you need them to be. If you’re needed at work or school, buses don’t wait for late people.
The key here is being aware of your surroundings – keep your eyes on the road and always be prepared for anything that could happen. The best way to do this is by using your turn signals, looking ahead, and checking your mirrors regularly before making any moves so you can avoid hazards like pedestrians on the side of the road and other cars.
Don’t Hang Around
Buses need to get through traffic in order to reach their destinations. If you’ve been blocked in by another car, bus drivers are more than happy to stop and offer help – but if you’re the cause of a backup, that’s not possible.
Wield the Right of Way
You have the right of way, whether you’re driving on a highway or not. When you let them pass, it’s important to be patient and courteous. Making a quick exit or driving too close can be dangerous if you aren’t also following safe driving tips.
Don’t Follow Too Close
If you’re being tailgated, switch lanes as soon as possible to leave that bus driver room to pass safely. If you’re being followed too closely, you might have to pull over and wait for them to leave.
Get Out of the Way
Stop and yield for pedestrians when you see them coming towards your lane or your car. Don’t try not to get out of the way – this is the law! If you must use your phone, drive at a safe distance first to make sure that the driver can still provide safe passage.
Pass with Care
Making impatience is having a bus driver getting impatient and passing by very close with their windows open on occasion, which doesn’t make anyone feel very good (safety or not)10. Be a good example in front of the kids.
Don’t Block the Box
Blocking intersections and crosswalks is dangerous for everyone, but it’s also illegal in many areas. Pull off to the side if there’s no traffic to let people get around safely.
Let Them Go By
When you’re parked on the side of the road with your hazard lights on, it gives buses a clear passageway – be sure to use this right! You can call roadside assistance or a local place or business if you need help getting started again.
Be a Good Blinker
If you’re turning right, use your right blinker. It may only be a courtesy, but being considerate will help reduce stressful situations. It’s also the law in some areas, so if you don’t want to get a ticket, turn on your signal!
In conclusion, buses are an important part of our transportation system. Just like the bus drivers they need to follow the rules and be safe and courteous.