Rules of the Road, do you know them? Part 1: The School Bus

School bus stopFor me, there are two terrifying moments of every school day in the year.  The first is the moment my alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  The second is when I have to stop for a child who is crossing the road to get on my school bus.

There isn’t much I can do about the first fright of the day besides getting a new job but perhaps a few of the drivers on Ontario roads can learn something from my blog.  Here’s hoping so.

There is no way of knowing who is going to break the law and pass me from one direction or the other and I’m trying to watch and warn a kid who may be 4 or 14 and may or may not have headphones and be watching their phone rather than me.

Putting aside the topic of the kids with headphones and iPads I want to talk to the drivers who are actually the ones responsible for obeying the rules, no matter what the child is doing.

Most of us who drive buses try to be helpful toward drivers in front and behind us.  We allow people to pass before we turn lights on or off.  FYI: we don’t have to do that but we do. Most of us also turn on the warning lights well in advance of putting out the stop arm.

There are two sets of flashing red lights on the bus. The inside ones flash a warning to both ways of traffic.  When those first lights go on don’t have a heart attack or stand your car on its nose to make yourself stop.  They are warning lights and are usually put on well in advance of the actual stop.  Try to stop but if it is dangerous to do so we understand.

The outside red lights go on at the same time the bus stop sign arm comes out on the driver’s side of the bus.  The children who are crossing are not to do so until the arm is out and the driver has given them the all clear but remember kids are kids and they aren’t always predictable or obedient to the rules.  That arm doesn’t come out until the bus is stopped. Vehicles in both directions have to be stopped when it is on.  If you don’t believe me check the rules.

It might be good for you to know that some buses are now being equipped with cameras so they can catch the fools who run their lights. That is an unnecessary expense to taxpayers  but has become necessary because so many taxpayers who travel between 7 & 9 am or 2 and 5 pm forget to leave an extra three minutes in their travel schedule.

Most school buses stop for less than a minute at each stop to pick up children.  Can’t you leave a minute earlier?




About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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One Response to Rules of the Road, do you know them? Part 1: The School Bus

  1. Joanna Lynn says:

    Wonderful post! Our kids are worth it. I see a lot of people, especially in 4 lane roads, keep going when the stop sign is out. Thanks for working with the kids and for looking out for them.

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