Back to School means back to traffic and as students return to the classroom agencies like the Texas Department of Transportation are calling for drivers to pay more attention.
And as kids get ready to get on those school buses there are things they can do to help ensure their own safety.
Students can't wait to get back to school.
"Seeing my friends and getting back to basketball," one student told us.
For hundreds of students back to school means back to the bus stop.
"According to the NHTSA riding a school bus is almost eight times more safe than riding a car or another form of transportation to school," said Laurie Shah with the Harris County Department of Education.
But accidents can happen., and when they do, the outcome could be tragic for parents. The good news is a lot can be done before school starts to get kids ready.
First, parents can walk their child to their stop before the first day of class, especially if they are on a new route and to avoid bus route mistakes.
Second, make sure your child, like 5-year-old Mason, has a note to hand to the driver.
"The same policies and procedures that apply in the classroom are going to apply on the bus too. You're going to want to treat each other with respect; that's the adults and the kids," said Shah.
High school student Josh Young knows all about that.
"I say, 'Thank you,' to the bus driver," Young said.
Respect goes a long way. Also, when you're on the bus, refrain from doing anything that may distract the driver. And once students are off tell them to get off their cell phones, so they're not distracted either.
"Especially when you come close to getting on and off the bus that those things are turned off and put away. You want to make sure their attention is where it needs to be," Shah said.
Experts say the most dangerous part of the bus ride is getting on and off of the bus. They call the 10 foot radius around the bus "the danger zone."
Statistics show smaller children are more in danger because of their height. If they are too close to the bus they are not easily seen. Mason has been practicing the five step rule when he gets off.
"You want to make sure that they are taking those five giant steps back to make sure that when the bus is coming they are not in harms way," said Shah.
When these rules are put into practice, parents can have a sigh of relief when it comes to safety.
And remember if you're driving watch out for children who may dart across the street to catch a school bus. Also, regardless of which direction you're traveling, always stop for school buses with flashing red lights.