4 Simple Driving Rules When Approaching a Stopped School Bus

Picture of a school bus.

Updated Aug. 21, 2017

Fun fact: Fairfax County Public Schools run the largest school bus fleet in the country (larger than Greyhound!). Over 1,700 buses move 139,000+ students daily.

And if you drive, there’s no doubt you encounter buses during the school year. While you should consider adding in extra time for your driving commute, the rules are pretty simple if you encounter a school bus with flashing red lights.

Drivers must stop in both directions, unless separated from the bus by a median. In 2016, there were 154 citations for passing stopped school buses, according to the Police Department.

Here are the four simple rules:

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School Zones

Also, pay attention to school zones, especially where they start and end. Those slower school zone speed limits are there for a reason. Follow the speed limit when the lights are flashing. It’s important to add more time into your commuting schedule so you’re not in a rush and perhaps decide to pass a school bus or speed through a school zone.

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