07 Aug Why Car Insurance Agents Love those Yellow School Busses
Obviously, at a car insurance agency like ours, safety is always a priority. Thankfully, we aren’t the first and we certainly won’t be the last to worry about the safety of all those students – representing the future for all of us – going off to school.
One of our experts in auto insurance lives in Boynton Beach. Recently, he came across a story of someone who made a big contribution to the safety of school children all across the country. It’s a great story that made all of us smile and we wanted to share it with you.
As students all across Palm Beach County head back to school, you’re bound to be seeing those iconic yellow school busses from Delray Beach to West Palm Beach and everywhere in between. Well, Smithsonian recently ran a story on The History of How School Buses Became Yellow.
In 1939, there was a meeting of school transportation officials in New York. A rural educator by the name of Frank Cyr was behind the gathering. “Two years earlier,” as Smithsonian reports, “Cyr had conducted a ten-state study where he found that children were riding to school in trucks and buses of all different colors, and even horse-drawn wagons, in the case of one Kansas school district he visited.”
Cyr organized the meeting in New York with the goal of establishing some national standards that would apply to school transportation. As Smithsonian’s Bryan Greene explains, “Standardization would solve two problems and simultaneously revolutionize school buses themselves: one, being uniformly one color would make bus travel safer; two, costs to districts would be lower as construction specifications would make it possible for manufacturers to mass-produce buses.”
Apparently, some yellow busses were already on the roads. According to the Smithsonian story, however, there were others who wanted to go with red, white, and blue. The story draws on remarks that Cyr made in a speech honoring the 50th anniversary of the big meeting, when he said, “Red, white and blue was camouflage, if you think about it. It was to make kids patriotic. It was well-meaning, but they made the buses less visible. And I don’t think it really had much effect on patriotism.”
It took much debate but the highly visible shade of yellow still in use today was finally decided on in 1939.
80 Years Later
Of course, not all kids ride the bus to school. If you drive your kids to school, there are things you can do – aside from painting your car yellow – that can help to ensure their safety.
Start by making sure your car is in good working order. You definitely want to make sure your tires and brakes aren’t past their expiration date but something as simple as a windshield wiper that isn’t doing its job properly may make a big difference on a rainy morning.
You may also want to review your Florida auto insurance policy to make sure that you have adequate coverage. Feel free to call B&B Insurance in Lake Worth Beach, FL, our auto insurance experts would be happy to speak with you.