culture Reasons Why School Buses Don't Have Seat Belts  

Candice Darden
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Why aren't school buses equipped with seat belts? When you were young, you no doubt had a lot of questions, most of them easily answerable by your parents, teachers, or even older siblings. Yet chances are one of your earliest questions has gone unanswered to this day.

Why is it that you had to buckle up every time you got into the car, yet in a school bus full of kids, there were no seat belts to be found except that of the driver? Well, buckle up, because we're here to help you answer this one: why don't school buses have seat belts? Read on to solve one of life's earliest (and more baffling) riddles.

School Buses Are Built Like Tanks


If a car collides into a school bus, chances are the majority of the damage will go to the car instead of the bus. In addition, top speeds are low and acceleration is slow, which usually ensures that damages to buses and their passengers remain minimal.

 

The Seats Are Specifically Designed To Absorb Impacts


In the event of a crash, the heavily-padded seats are specially designed to absorb the maximum amount of impact. The seats themselves are better than seat belts at protecting kids from the kinds of crashes they would be likely to experience.

Seat Belts Would Prevent Quick Evacuation


Seat belts could hinder rapid evacuation in the event of an emergency such as a fire or a crash into a body of water. Struggling with seat belts might cost children precious seconds, moments that could ultimately result in lost lives.

Seat Belts Could Do More Harm Than Good


Does it sound like a good idea to equip every school bus seat with tiny, dense pieces of metal? Kids could easily wield them as weapons in fights or even just when playing around, making seat belts more of a liability than a help. 

From Reddit user SirMichael_7: "When I was in high school the school district decided that all the busses needed seatbelts. So, they spent several thousand dollars equipping all of the buses with standard lap belts (two to a bench). Within three weeks they spent several thousand dollars removing all the belts from the buses after some kid split a little girl's head wide open with a seatbelt buckle."