Consider the school bus. It could be painted literally any color: pink, bright green, orange, or even zebra-print. So, why pick yellow? Is it because it’s a cheerful hue that makes kids happy to go to school? See the kid’s faces? The main reason for picking yellow paint for school buses is… safety!
If you look at the color closely, you’ll notice that instead of being pure yellow, it’s a totally different shade! It’s a curious mixture of lemon-yellow and orange. But what about the scientifically proved fact that red is the one with the maximum wavelength? It doesn’t get scattered easily, and that’s why you can clearly see it from afar! On top of that, most people associate this color with caution. So, why not paint school buses red?
- Despite all the scientific stuff, it’s not red, but yellow, which is the color that instantly grabs your attention in daily life.
- Depending on the season, it’s often still dark outside at this time. That’s why it makes sense to use yellow paint, which will make buses more noticeable on the road.
- Scientists state that you’re 1.24 times more likely to spot a yellow object with your peripheral vision than the same object painted red!
- But it wasn’t always like this! The “National School Bus Glossy Yellow” color didn’t appear until 1939; before that, school buses were painted all kinds of colors.
- Seat belts simply won’t make school buses safer! The thing is that traveling on a school bus is a 40 times safer than going somewhere by car.
- The seats on a school bus are situated close to each other, and they have high padded backs. As a result, if an accident does happen, and a student gets propelled forward, they’ll only move a short distance.
- Adding seat belts would increase the cost of each bus by $8,000 to $15,000! Plus, buses would have fewer seats because seat belts would take additional space.
- If a school bus weighs more than 10,000 pounds, it’s up to the states to decide whether the vehicles need to be equipped with seat belts or not.
- The chains help school buses get traction on icy roads. If the driver realizes that they can’t cope without some additional help, they can just press a button on the dashboard.
- When the sun is too bright, the glossy, bright yellow paint covering the hood of the bus starts to give off too much glare. As a result, it makes it hard for the driver to see their surroundings, and distracts them from the situation on the road.
- And while some states make school bus manufacturers equip vehicles with black hoods, others forbid it. In this case, they get covered with an anti-glare substance.