According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, school buses are the safest way to get students back and forth to school. Riding a bus is 13 times safer than riding or driving a car and 10 times safer than walking.
The annual average causes of student fatalities during normal school hours are 58 percent travelling by teen driver, 23 percent travelling by adult driver, but only one percent travelling by school bus. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more school-age pedestrians are killed in the hour before or after school than any other time of day, making the bus a safe way to avoid walking hazards. On the bus students can make a safe rider even safer by always staying in bus seats, holding the handrails and crossing ten feet in front of the bus so the driver can see them.