How do you travel safely by public transportation?
October 15, 2008 1:39am CST
Public transportation can be an easy, economical way to travel. Whether you are using public transportation to travel to and from work, around town running errands, or when going on vacation, it is important to always keep safety in mind.Here are some tips: 1.Remain alert all the time. Be aware of your environment and who is around you. Assess the situation before getting on the subway car, bus or into the taxi. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do not get on, wait for the next one to come along. 2.Protect yourself from pickpockets when in a crowd. Do not put your wallet in your hip or coat pocket. Carry a handbag that you can grip tightly rather than a bag that hangs loosely over your shoulder. Put you wallet and your cash in a safe, secure pocket. 3.Leave expensive, flashy jewelry at home. Do not wear clothing or accessories that make you appear affluent. 4.Vary your schedule if you use public transportation daily, such as to and from work. Try not to take the same bus or subway everyday at the same time. 5.Travel only in licensed, marked taxicabs. Make sure that the photo on the license displayed in the cab matches the driver. Sit in the back seat behind the driver where you can see him but he can not see you. Pay the driver when you get to your destination and before getting out of the cab. 6.Get a copy of the bus or subway schedule in advance so you can time your travel accordingly. Arrive shortly before the bus or train arrives so you do not have to wait around in the terminal too long.
15 Oct 08
Hi MsEdge, This is excellent advice and I would also like to add where if travelling at night if possible travel with a friend or stick close to a group that you could appear to be with rather than look like you are alone. I always hold my keys and phone in my pocket just in case. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United Kingdom
15 Oct 08
I look at my copy of the train timetable and the bus schedule before I go to the train station and the bus stop. I make a note of which bus stop I need to go to for different number buses. I find out about rail cards and special fares that include a discount. I carry my handbag so that it is safe and secure. I wear a money belt under my clothing if I have to carry a large amount of money. I keep a look out around me and move away from any passenger that looks dangerous. I try not to wait around a terminal for ages but sometimes if a train or bus is canceled I have to be patient until one in service comes along. I am especially wary when a newly arrived traveler and I am going from the airport into the city. I read my travel guide book and take the author's advice. Like in Nairobi I didn't wear my watch or carry my handbag. I just had my travel guide book, a bottle of water and loose change.