Everywhere you drive, there are constant reminders to buckle up. That’s what makes it so strange that when kids get on a school bus, there are no seatbelts to be found. How can that be legal? Here are the details you need to know about why buses don’t have seatbelts.
Parents should breathe a big ol’ sigh of relief at the fact that, statistically, school buses are the safest vehicles on the road. And it isn’t even close. These things are like yellow tanks, minus the weaponry. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, kids are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when they take the school bus instead of a car. So no matter how much parents brag about their driving skills, the bus is still a whole lot safer.
There are several reasons why buses are so safe. For one, they’re decked out with neat features like cross-view mirrors and flashing red lights. Plus, there’s that infamous traffic law regarding how passing a stopped school bus is akin to throwing your driver’s license into a bonfire. Buses are also heavier than cars, and distribute crash forces in a different way. The most important feature of all, though, is something called “compartmentalization.” Basically, this refers to how the seats are strong, closely spaced, and have raised, energy-absorbing backs. So when kids get flung forward, they safely bump into the tall seat in front of them, instead of being thrown through a window.
Watch the video for more about Why Buses Don’t Have Seatbelts!
Buses are super safe | 0:14
State by state differences | 1:13
Easier evacuation | 1:58
The cost factor | 2:33
Seating availability | 3:37