School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see any school buses until September. Some schools have a year-round schedule and many schools continue to have summer activities that use buses as transportation. That is why June is recognized as Student Safety Month, and why we want to focus on keeping students safe on the bright yellow school bus.
Here are some facts about school buses that illustrate why taking the bus is the safest way for your child to get to school:
- Students are eight times safer riding in a school bus than in a passenger car.
- Only 1% of students killed while travelling to school are killed while riding on a school bus; 58% are killed by a teen driver and 23% are killed by an adult driver.
- School buses keep students safe with their large size, flashing red lights, well-trained drivers, cross-view mirrors, reinforced sides, bright color, and stop sign arms.
- School buses save about 2.3 billion gallons of fuel each year by keeping an estimated 17.3 million cars of the road each school day.
This research comes from the US Department of Transportation and the American School Bus Council.
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Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1966, It has been announces that Ford is returning to le Mans in 2016. The American carmaker will enter Le Mans with a new race car based on the all-new Ford GT, which goes on sale next year.
After Ford’s win in 1966, it went on to claim victory in 1967, 1968, and 1969. Now, Ford wants to return to those glory days of racing.
“When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing’s most legendary manufacturers,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company in a statement. He goes on to say that, “we are still extremely proud of having won this iconic race four times in a row, and that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today.”
And, in case you weren’t already excited, check out this heart-pounding video that shows the racecar morphing from its 1966 form into the new GT shape. Then it speeds through the Paris and the French countryside on its way to Le Mans. Keep watching to the end to catch a subtle jab at Ferrari.
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