How to Drive Safely Near Buses

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2020

Thousands of people rely on Nashville’s buses everyday to get to and from school, work, and around the city. Buses reduce traffic volumes and pollution while also decreasing the risk of auto accidents. But it’s up to other drivers to maximize their safety by following a few safe driving principles when near them:

  • Don’t pass buses with extended stop signs—School buses in particular utilize extended stop signs when picking up or dropping off children. When you see an extended stop sign, you’re not allowed to pass the bus by Tennessee law.
  • Don’t cut off buses or suddenly slow down in front of them—Buses may not weigh as much as fully-loaded tractor-trailers, but they’re still much heavier than ordinary passenger vehicles. That makes them difficult to slow down or stop, and makes it dangerous to suddenly cut in front of one.
  • Don’t drive in bus drivers’ blind spots—Buses are very long, especially double-cabin buses. Just like commercial trucks, they may have large blind spots. If you can’t see the bus driver in their mirror, there’s a good chance they can’t see you, either.
  • Don’t forget that buses stop at railroad crossings—While most of us cruise right over railroad tracks, bus drivers are required to stop. That means when you’re behind a bus and know there’s a crossing up ahead, either change lanes or be prepared to stop yourself.

These are just a few tips you can follow to reduce your risks and the risks that bus passengers face. And if you or someone you love are hurt in a bus-related accident, don’t hesitate to contact our Nashville bus accident lawyers for a free consultation.