Parents and other adults must also do their part. For instance, most drivers need to learn to share the road with school buses and stop when the bus stops to take on or let off passengers. If we all do our part- if drivers heed school bus warning lights, bus drivers drive defensively, parents help their children learn to ride safely and children learn to avoid the bus danger zone- it can be safer still to ride to and from school in that yellow bus. Safety Tips for Drivers Drivers must be familiar with the Danger Zone. Since children are taught to take the five giant steps from the school bus for safety, drivers must ensure that they stop far enough from the bus to allow for this needed safety space. Certain slow-moving farm vehicles, construction equipment and vehicles drawn by animals may share our roadways. Use caution and prepare to slowdown when approaching and passing slow-moving vehicles from the rear. Be alert for slow-moving vehicles, especially in rural areas. Driving on empty rural highways can be just as dangerous as driving in heavy city traffic. It is easy to relax your attention… and suddenly come upon a dangerous surprise. Animals in the road, farm equipment moving from one field to another, horse drawn vehicles just over the crest of a hill, or a low spot covered with water are not unusual hazards in rural driving. Stay alert, watch for warning signs, and slowdown when approaching curves or hills that block your view of the roadway ahead. The slow moving vehicle emblem, a fluorescent or reflective orange triangle, must be displayed on the rear of vehicles drawn by animals, and most farm vehicles and construction equipment. Farm MachineryWatch for tractors, combines, and other farm equipment moving across the road and traveling on state highways in rural areas. This type of equipment can be very large and wide enough to take up more than one traffic lane. Farm machinery usually does not have turn signals and to make aright turn, operators of farm machinery may first pull wide to the left, then turn to the right. Inmost cases, these vehicles will be traveling at less than 25 MPH. Coming over the top of a hill at 55 MPH. to find a large slow-moving tractor in front of you is a frightening and dangerous experience. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to protect yourself and your passengers.