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Car seats D&D HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11981 posts
8th Jul '13

If you keep your kid in a harness until they can't fit in one anymore or they're in a booster and school aged 6-11
Do you let them ride the school bus?
Or drive them to and from school so they can stay in their carseats?



Besides school buses being significantly larger than cars what's the difference between riding those with no seat belt at all vs riding in a car and being in a carseat




I'm just curious,my son is only 2 do I haven't encountered this issue

*beck-i* {JAS08} 3 kids; Prattsburgh, New York 4778 posts
8th Jul '13

My son is 7 and still sits in a harnessed carseat and he does also ride the bus to and from school. He does have to wear his seatbelt however because he has ADHD and he will not sit and behave on the bus unless he has his seatbelt on. It is almost like a magic switch on the bus haha I have checked and they do make sure he has it on but my 4 year old does not wear his belt on the bus because there is no "specific reason" (schools words) he has to... I don't like it but I have to take what is given because I work over an hour away and can't be there to take them to and from school.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
8th Jul '13

My 6yo is in a full back booster now. He was in a graco nautalis harnessed until after his 6th birthday. He has just outgrown it. He is 49in tall & has a long torso with shorter legs.



He rode the school bus last year. We live out in the country & its a 20min trip to his school, I couldn't afford the gas to drive him back & forth daily.



I had done field trips with him in preschool & he was taught how to sit on the bus & behave. School busses are in less accidents than passenger cars. The seats are designed to "compartmentalize" a child so they stay in their seats & don't get thrown around, that's why the seats are so tall.



I did keep him home one day when the snow was really bad.

SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
8th Jul '13

As far as riding in a vehicle goes, riding a bus is probably the safest thing you can do. School bus accidents are rare. For instance, I know in the school I graduate hs from(the school went from pre-k-12thgrade) there had NEVER been an accident in the school's 100 years of being open. I would have no problem whatsoever with my kids riding home on the bus. To me, riding the bus to school daily would be safer than me driving my kids to school daily. That's just my opinion though.



If a normal sized vehicle were to hit a deer, the damage could be very bad, but if a bus hits an animal there is going to be little to no damage to the bus.

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11981 posts
8th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *beck-i* {JAS08}:</b>" My son is 7 and still sits in a harnessed carseat and he does also ride the bus to and from school. He ... [snip!] ... like it but I have to take what is given because I work over an hour away and can't be there to take them to and from school. "</blockquote>




Here school buses don't have seatbelts
Unless you're on the special needs bus,one with a wheelchair lift and such. Those have seatbelts

Jenny&Boopy 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7171 posts
8th Jul '13

DS is 7, almost 8. He has a regular booster. He's way too big for anything else. Actually too big for the booster so it's not used anymore. He's been riding the bus with no issue for 2 years now. They don't have seat belts but I'm not worried about it. A bus is much safer than a car in an accident.

Anja[VBA2C GRADx2!] 5 kids; Illinois 3568 posts
8th Jul '13

My oldest is the only one who goes on the bus , the other two that go to school are driven by me or hubby, as they prefer to be driven. When in my car everyone either is in a car seat or a properly worn seat belt, no exceptions.