What Are The Road Rules On School Buses?

Posted at 8:08 AM, Sep 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-03 08:15:34-04

School bus file photo

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Most drivers either can’t remember the rules of the road regarding school buses, or they’re confused.

Here are the rules taken directly from the State of Michigan driver manual titled “What Every Driver Should Know:”

When the Yellow Overhead Lights are Flashing

  • When the YELLOW overhead lights are flashing, prepare to stop.

When the Red Overhead Lights are Flashing

  • When the RED overhead lights are flashing, stop at least 20 feet from the school bus.
  • Remain stopped until the flashing red lights are turned off or the bus resumes its travels.

When the Yellow Hazard Lights are Flashing

  • When the YELLOW hazard lights are flashing, proceed with caution.

It is not necessary to stop for a school bus stopped on the other side of a divided highway where the road is separated by a barrier, such as a concrete or grass median, island, or other structures that separate the flow of traffic. Use extra care around buses and in school zones. Children are small and hard to see and may dart into the street or out from around parked vehicles.

(pp 120-121, What Every Driver Should Know – PDF)