Riding the bus has become the safest way to get to school, even safer than walking. Researchers examined the ways children get to school and found that school buses account for 25% of all trips but only 2% of children's deaths in school-related traffic accidents, making them the safest form of transportation. Teenage drivers account for only 14% of trips, but 55% of the accidents.
Each year about 800 children are killed in motor vehicle crashes during the school year: 450 students are killed by teenage drivers while only 5 students are killed riding in a school bus; 15 students are killed while getting on or off the bus by passing motorists.
(Source: National Research Council)