The Road Safety Council (RSC) has issued eight school transport safety rules for the new academic year. Its points are obvious, but we hope you tell your child: 1. Don't play with the emergency exit door; 2. Don't talk to the driver, or shout during the journey; 3. Don't put your head, hands, or any part of the body out of the window; 4. Don't get on or off a school bus or van while it's still moving; 5. Don't eat, drink or play during the journey; 6. Remain seated all the way; 7. Board or alight from the bus or van in an orderly manner; 8. Follow the instructions of the driver and the escort. Foot Down offers more tips: Children and helpers need to be told about 'thinking and stopping' distances. Faster and heavier vehicles need more space in which to stop for pedestrians. A car doing 40km/h goes 10m while the driver thinks and another 10m to come to a stop once they've hit the brakes - and double that 20m in the wet. Then there's the unwritten Hong Kong 'horn distance' - during which local motorists sound off before they actually hit the brakes. Expatriate children might also be warned that Hong Kong cars won't necessarily stop on zebra crossings, as they might in Singapore, Malaysia and the west. All too often cars also idle on zigzags and double yellow lines, obscuring children's and other motorists' vision. And notice how many Hong Kong drivers only rely on mirrors and sensors when they reverse. We also recommend that you watch your domestic helper's supervision of your child. Many maids are educated women, but they sometimes come from countries where a commute to school may entail a trek on the verge of a truck-laden highway, bundling a family of five onto a scooter, hanging on for dear life on an overladen jeepney, and a rather different highway code. You might like to show your helper the Transport Department's Road User's Code, particularly the sections on pedestrian safety basics, such as how to walk your child across a Hong Kong road: 'Find a safe place to cross; stand on the pavement near the kerb; look left, right, left again and all around for traffic and listen; if traffic is coming, let it pass; look around again; when there's no traffic near, walk straight across the road, looking and listening.' You might think this is basic stuff for a world city, but you'd be surprised at the number of speeding, jaywalking and parking violations we see on so-called Skool Alleys such as Kennedy Road. We hear some parents tail their helper, just to see how she supervises bus routines - not just leaving them with the bus mother before a yak with other helpers, but making sure they're safely seated and secured by a bus supervisor. You might also encourage your helper to be assertive with the driver or supervisor. Harsh talk can save lives. The rise in fuel prices might tempt some school-bus operators to pick up unauthorised passengers, or scrimp on staff or maintenance, so we suggest you also monitor the bus service. You might keep an eye on the school, too, says the Post's Education editor Katherine Forestier. Secondary school buses don't require a bus mother, but Forestier says parents might persuade principals 'that any teachers enjoying a free ride to school do their part to ensure order on board - a job some see as falling beyond their responsibilities'. If you're unhappy with the service, tell the head or the PTA, which often supervises this transport, she says. Or e-mail us at email@example.com . And mums and chauffeurs, please enforce the RSC's school bus rules in your cars, including strapping the children into the back seats - preferably in Australian or European-approved age-group appropriate safety chairs and seats. And refrain from using mobile phones with a baby on board. If you have any comment on school-run safety, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Peugeot dealers AutoFrance (tel: 3118 1828) will launch the Peugeot 307 SW seven-seater (right) at Festival Walk between 11am and 9pm today and tomorrow. 'The Sports Wagon is $209,900 and the earliest delivery date to customers is mid-September,' says spokesman Calvin Lam. Zung Fu (tel: 2764 6919) spokeswoman Edith Cheung says six Mercedes-Benz will be highlighted at the dealers' road show, from 10am to 7pm, today and tomorrow, at Ocean Terminal Main Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui. They include the newly launched ML 350 (above), E 350, E 280, SLK 280, C 350, CLK 200 and A150'. The event's worth a visit, if only to see the attractive lines of the marque's new off-roader. The 350-brake-horsepowered V6 also gives the boxier Range Rover Sport (see main review) a good run for its money, with permanent all-wheel drive that ensures traction on any surface, downhill speed regulation, electronic off-road settings, and the marque's lovely 7G-Tronic automatic box. Few Hong Kong ML 350's are likely to jump into puddles, but it's more than a brand-slave mover: it does 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds, drinks 15.5 litres of gas per 100km in town and emits 275g/km of CO2. That makes the ML 350 kinder to Hong Kong than the Range Rover Sport, but not as treehugging as the Toyota Prius. Vishal Tolani says his company, Solar Time, the worldwide exclusive licensee of Triumph watches, is showing an 865cc, 63-brake-horsepowered Bonneville T100 at booth 1H01 at the Watch and Clock Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, from next Wednesday to Saturday. The British marque's Hong Kong showroom will open next month at G/F, 198-200 Tsat Tsz Mui Rd, in North Point, but bikes can be seen at the Aston Martin showroom (G/F, 63 Blue Pool Rd) in Happy Valley. (tel: 2366 2017), says dealer spokesman Gordon Choy.