Even thought the journey may be short and within the city, you still need to be careful. Braking fast, driving into the back of someone or a bump at a crossroad is more common than you may think, even if the driver is very experienced.
Child restraining systems increase the protection of children so that they cannot be thrown forward by inertia during an accident. Still, there are very few states in America that obligate children to use a seatbelt on the school bus. It is only required by law in Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York. In Texas it is obligatory in buses sold after September 2010.
These seatbelts must be adjustable, so that the diagonal strap can always be positioned over the child’s shoulder and not over their neck.
Whether it is obligatory or not for a bus to have seatbelts, so that children can travel more safely, the following systems are available:
- Very small children can use a child car seat, adjusted to their height and weight and approved for use with the seatbelt.
- They can also use a safety harness fixed to the seat of the bus and the seatbelt. There are systems available that can be fixed to the bus seat without using the seatbelt.
- Lastly, once the children are a bit older, they can use the bus seatbelt, which can be a 2-point or 3-point type. If it is a 3-point, it may be necessary for the child to use a booster seat or a seat that can be adjusted or at least the diagonal strap can be regulated as mentioned earlier.
At the end of the school year, children may be spending quite a lot of time on buses. Safety should come first, so just as when they travel by car, they should use a child restraining system for their own safety when travelling by bus.