JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 50,000 students in Duval county will be shuttled to and from school on big yellow school buses for the next ten months.
This means the roads will be crowded, and it's time to remember the rules of bus safety.
"Parents and other drivers need to be prepared to share the road," said Jill Johnson, a spokeswoman for Duval County Schools.
A safe run to school starts at home.
"Get to the bus stop at least ten minutes early," said Johnson on Good Morning Jacksonville Thursday morning.
Students should always walk in front of the bus, never behind it, and avoid blind spots by staying in sight of the driver.
School bus drivers will log about nine million miles behind the wheel, and make an estimated 12,000 stops, so every little bit on everyone's part helps.
Motorists need to know the rules, too. All drivers must stop when a school bus stops with its flashing lights, unless the road is divided by a raised barrier or unpaved median at least five feet wide.
Click here to read more bus safety information from Duval County Schools.
The school district also has a list of bus routes and times for each school. Some routes change each year, so be sure to check with your school. If you have questions, call the school bus hotline at (904) 381-RIDE.
First Coast News