School buses

Ask The Traffic School Instructor: Passing School Buses

Question: I stopped for a school bus the other day but my wife said you don’t have to stop on multi-lane highways. Who’s right?

Answer: Well it depends on what type of multi-lane highway you’re on. In most states drivers in the opposite lane of a multi-lane “divided” highway with a raised barrier or wide grassy median between the lanes don’t have to stop for school buses stopped in the other direction. The raised barrier or wide grassy median are the key here. On multi-lane highways that don’t have a raised or grass median, traffic is required to stop in both directions. This image from the Florida Drivers Manual should help to make it a little clearer.

School bus passing zones