Using the city bus to get to school or work is a great skill to have. Not only does it help you to save money, but it's also great for the environment because it helps to have less smog. While riding the bus can be fun and exciting, it's important to know that it can also be dangerous if you are not being careful. That's why it's important to know a few simple rules when riding the bus. Following these rules will help you to have an enjoyable experience while riding the city bus.

1) Arrive at the bus stop early

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- This will help you to not feel so rushed when walking to the bus stop. It will help you find a place on the bus and also make sure that the driver doesn't have to make an unexpected stop for you.

2) Do not approach the bus until it stops completely and the driver signals you to come forward.

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- While waiting for the bus stop, it's important to stand 5 to 10 feet back away from the curb. This will help for you to stay a safe distance away from the bus incase anything goes wrong.

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3) Find a seat and sit in it right away.

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- Don't play or stop and say hi to everyone while boarding the bus. The bus needs to keep moving to stay on schedule and it's important to stay seated when it is moving.

- When sitting, be sure to face forward, keeping your hands and arms at your side.

- If you can't find a seat, grab onto one of the side rails and plant your feet firmly into the ground. This will help you to not fall over when the bus is moving.

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4) Help keep the bus neat and clean

- Keep your belongings in your lap, not in the isle.

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5) Do not drink or eat food on the bus.

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6) Always listen to the drivers instructions.

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- It's important to always pay attention and listen to what the bus driver has to say. It's their job to keep you safe while getting you where you need to be.

7) Do not make loud noises or loud conversation on the bus.

- While it's ok to talk to your friends, it's important to not do anything that might distract the bus driver.

8) When exiting the bus, wait until it comes to a complete stop before getting up from your seat.

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- Use the handrail when you exit the bus.

- Be sure to take all of your belongings.

9) If you have to cross the street after exiting the bus, wait for the bus to leave before you cross the street.

- Because city busses are so big, it's hard to know if traffic is coming. Because of that, it's best to wait for the bus to leave before you cross the street.

Following these simple rules will help you to have a more enjoyable bus riding experience while also being safe.