Bus Rides: where do you usually seat?

@richiem (3646)
Philippines
June 1, 2008 12:44am CST
During bus rides (or jeepney rides in case you have jeepneys), where do you usually seat? near the driver? at the back? to the left? to the right? beside the window? why?
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29 responses
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
When riding jeepneys, i always try to get the seat near the driver. I want to always see where we are heading and riding up front is always the best seat. Now when riding a bus, i always take the seat beside the window coz i enjoy looking at the scenery especially if it's going to be a long ride.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
sometimes when it is my first time to go to a place or when i am still not used to the place, i also sit next to the driver so i can see when it is time to alight. in a bus, i want to sit beside a window with a clearer view. other seats beside the window have their window blocked by the banister.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Jeep infront of an Ordinary Bus - Jeepneys are a popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are well known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating. They have also become a symbol of Philippine culture. - answers.com
On jeep rides, I really like to be seated next to the driver. Well not really next to him as my knee would get hit when he changes the gears as it runs. I wish they'd only allow one person to sit next to the driver and not two. I often sit there when I really am not familiar to the place that I am trying to go to. I would kindly ask for him/her to tell me where I am so I'd know where I should be getting off. Sometimes, when the ceiling is quite high, I won't mind being seated anywhere on the long benches. I just prefer the seat beside the driver since its more spacious and my back's at rest when the vehicle is moving compared to being sideways while being seated at the long benches. When it comes to bus rides, the seats at the middle are so small in space that I could only prefer to be seated at the very end and at the middle or if I'm lucky, just along the first row of seats behind the driver since its also spacious. Now if only public utility vehicles like that can be well accomodating with air conditioning since most of the times, they still charge like air conditioned buses even though their ACs aren't performing right for the passengers convenience
@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
i also like to seat in the driver's side when i was in high school. it was my first time to travel to the school because the elementary school is just a walk away from our house. so i sit in the driver's side because i am not familiar yet with the city. i remember i have to wait a long time to find a jeepney which has no one sitting on the driver's side. it got me till 6pm although we were dismissed at 5pm just looking for these jeepneys. but as i become familiar with the city, i now sit inside the jeepney. i find the driver's side more of a disadvantage now because you can almost smell the driver, and most of the time they don't smell good. and sometimes, those who smoke sit on the driver's side so it's not good to my health.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Another disadvantage of sitting beside the driver is that you can't see other passengers. sometimes i would prefer to sit inside so i can ogle at other passengers, look at what they are wearing, guess on where they are doing and what is their occupation or what they do in life. it is a game i created for myself to spend the time riding the jeep. another one would be when you are between the driver and another passenger and the seat is just small, the driver began hitting you when he is shifting gears. on the other hand, while inside and if there are few passengers, you can move your legs wherever you want.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
One thing good being seated beside the driver would be the rear view mirror. I can actually look at the passengers behind me with being too awkward about it. A good view outside is also convenient at the seat next to the driver compared to the benches behind wherein you have to really twist yourself to view outside the window behind you in case other passengers are seated by the opposite window. Then there are just those windows that are oddly small which really makes air circulation a problem, especially on long rides unlike at the seat next to the driver, you'll feel the air as your ride rushes along. Also, though I don't mind it that much, other passenger just pass you their fares most of the time and they can't even merit your gesture on helping them out of their laziness to even atleast utter gratitude. Whenever I reach out to pay and someone kindly helps me to pass my fare, I'd always say my thanks. When another passenger wants to take a seat beside the driver, I would often hop out for that passenger to ride first before I do so that it would really be still be spacious enough for me, on leg is inside the jeep while the other just along the side. I really don't like being in the middle. Anyway, I'm just tall so I'd just sit wherever it is convenient for me. I do agree that there are also advantages when your seated along the benches behind the driver.
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@kun2349 (23473)
• Singapore
6 Jun 08
I will ususally sit on the right near the back on buses.. Because in case of peak hr, i will not obstruct ple from boarding the bus when it gets too crowded.. haha.. PLus, the front seats will be free and ple can sit down once they board the bus and it will speed up the whole process too ^_^
@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
That is a nice way of doing it. I try not to obstruct people from boarding too as it would delay the bus. That is why I sit near the window so as not to bump other passengers with my knees.
@kun2349 (23473)
• Singapore
10 Jun 08
I will only sit near the windows if i'm gonna have a long journey.. If not, i will find it troublesome having to squeeze out from my seat or even worse, disturbing the one sittign next to me, taking their nap.. haha
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
That happens to me most of the time. I have no choice but to wake them.
• Canada
6 Jun 08
I prefer to sit in the back corner, far enough away from everyone. I like to listen to music and people watch. I find that the loud mouthed people tend to sit further up so it's easier to drown them out that way...although some of them talk louder than the music can play in my ears. I have social phobias so if too many people are close to me I start to panic.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
social phobias really? that is new to me. i don't want to be intrusive but... what do you do when you start to panic? i also think the back corner is the most peaceful place in a vehicle. though a disadvantage maybe that it is bumpy there but it doesn't matter. i frequently see lovers sitting in the back corner to have privacy and not be bothered by the bustling crowds.
• Canada
6 Jun 08
I stare out the window and hope that most of them get off soon. I'm claustrophobic and don't like the feeling of being trapped... like if the bus were to get in an accident or something, and all the people are in the way of the door... at least that's what tends to run through my head. The feeling like OH NO I CAN'T GET OUT. It's weird I suppose.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
so i guess the back corner is the best place for you, it's peaceful and with less people. but it's kind of conflicting though when the bus is full because being in the back, you may think you cannot get out fast when something happens.
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
In buses, I usually sit 4-5 seats behind the driver. I kinda liked it near the middle and near the door. East to get out. But if I know everyone in the bus (an outing of some sort), I'll stay near the back. As for jeepneys, I prefer to stay in front beside the driver. Again, easy to get on and off and less "pa-abot" or passing along my fare to the driver. . My second choice would be by the door of the jeepney. I can lean towards the corner of the jeep and relax.
@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
do you consider the sunlight when choosing where to sit in a bus? i haven't considered it so at times, i sit where the sunlight really strikes. i regret it when i had not considered the sunlight.
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
I don't really mind where the sun is at. :D Even on jeepneys. Most buses have curtains though just in case it gets really hot.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
however, ordinary busses don't have curtains. sometimes i don't have the luxury to choose which bus i would take, i just take the one that is bound to leave early to save time. in aircon buses, i would also consider the aircon. some buses have faulty aircons so i choose seats with good ones. i try not to position it directly facing me, though. it gives me headaches.
• Canada
11 Jun 08
Wow - I haven't ridden a jeepney for a long time. But if I were to ride in one again, I would probably sit near the door so I can get out easily. As for regular buses, I tend to prefer the seats just behind the middle exit because for a few reasons. First, it's far back enough that, unless the bus is really crowded, there usually aren't too many people standing and congregating around that area. Second, it's close enough to the middle exit to be able to get off easily enough. And third, it's not near the seats for the elderly and handicapped, because when I find I sit near the front, I'll often give up my seats to people who need to sit down when the specially reserved seats are all taken - sometimes by people who aren't really supposed to be there and don't have the consideration to offer it the people it's meant for. Don't get me wrong - That's not to say that I still won't give up my seat in the back to a person that who needs the seat more than me (like the elderly, physically disabled, someone with a child, someone who is holding a bunch of grocery sacks, etc) but sitting that far back, the chances are slimmer of you needing to move out of your seat until you reach your exit. Therefore, I can just sit back and relax while reading my book or watching a video on my ipod.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
you are a good samaritan. i have rarely done that. but I also like the back seats for its peace.
@vanities (11401)
• Davao, Philippines
10 Jun 08
when riding in a bus which i seldom do...i usually sit at the front sit..or if not available near the window..i just want to see whats ahead of me and specially the sceneries to keep me from feeling bored..
@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
i always sit near the window if possible. It gives me something to be busy about, watching around.
@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
when riding a jeepney, i want to sit beside the driver as much as possible. if the seat is not available, i'd go for the back seat instead. when riding a bus, i don't care where i seat but as much as possible, i stay away from the back seat where the engine is. coz the seats get hot when the bus is running in high speed. ;)
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
yes, that is right. in ordinary buses I experienced that the seats at the back heats up when the bus is in high speed. But sometimes, it is compensated by the breeze I get from the windows. I think the back seat has the most share of the air in an ordinary bus, assuming all windows are open.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
6 Jun 08
When I'm alone I like to sit at the very front near the door. That way I have an unobstructed view of the road. When I'm with others I prefer sitting all the way at the back. Preferably having the back bench all to ourselves. That way we can talk without bothering other people. If I get a seat someplace else I usually just read.
@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
If I am with my girlfriend, we usually get seats near the back and those with only two seats. In that way we won't bother others and others won't bother us. I usually think of what to discuss here in mylot during bus rides. I write it down in a notebook. They said reading while in a moving vehicle makes your eyes dull.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
6 Jun 08
I usually sit beside the driver and beside the window. I just want to have a clear view of the road and the surroundings. That is a habit of mine since I started riding a bus...
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
That is good. I also would like to have a clear view of the road and the surroundings. Sometimes I easily get worried when I don't sit near the window. At times, during long rides and I fell asleep, when I woke up, I need to see where I am and when I am not near the front or the window, it worries me that I have passed my destination.
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
When riding in a bus, i usually seat 2 - 3 seats behind the driver and I would prefer to be seated on the aisle. It's easy to go out in these area of the bus. I also make sure that I don't seat where the sun is so I could sleep well in the bus since I have long commutes everyday from Manila to Batangas and vice versa. If riding on a jeepney, I prefer to be seater infront near the driver, but not next to the driver. If it'd not available, then I would sit at the back near the exit. i don't want taking the fare of other passengers and giving them to the driver. It annoys me that much...hehehe
@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
As for me, I am not annoyed with taking fare of other passengers. I am one of those who are more honored to help give their fares to the driver and their change. Sometimes I would seat near the driver because nobody wants to seat there because of the responsibility of frequently giving the fare and saying "bayad daw po!". I find this satisfying at times.
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
when i still have the pleasure to choose a seat i.e. not rush hour, the bus has still has many vacancies, i always reserve a slot near the door so that when i'm about to depart (aheheheh...) it would be a lot easier than coming from the rear part. if near the door's not available anymore, i choose any seat beside a window, because it can provide you better position whenever i wanted to sleep while traveling. and i don't have to suffer from frequently being bumped into and harassed by passengers going on and off the board, the way those people sitting near the aisle are suffering. if the bus is too small with too narrow spaces between seats, that can't even accomodate my legs like i'm a really tall girl (but i'm not), i always choose the three-seater side of the bus... but if it's quite big with enough space for my legs, i prefer the two-seater side, because that way, i'll only have one passenger sitting beside me, easier to deal with especially when going off the board since i choose to sit beside the window. if there are no choices left for me, like it's rush hour and there are only few seats left, i chose by passengers. i always choose to sit beside passengers who are either inferior in height and body structure so that if he/she has hidden agenda for me, i'll be able to attend to it, aheheheh.. or those who seem to be going off board way before i do... mostly yuppies and call center employees who are likely to be going off board at the MRT station. i do not ride MRT. and from north expressway to mandaluyong, i only ride a bus.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
I like your idea of sitting beside the window when you wanted to sleep during long travels. I would also do that. I also have problems when the spaces aren't enough for my legs. I sometimes sit on the ones near the aisle so I can stretch my legs more. Of course, I am careful with my legs so as not to hurt anyone with it or hurt myself.
@underdogtoo (9596)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
On a jeepney it is good to sit in front so you can see where you're going and not miss your stop. If that is not available I try to sit close to the driver in the back seat so I can ask him to stop where I need to stop.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
that is also my trick when i am not yet familiar with the place. i try sitting in front beside the driver or at the back of the driver so i can see where i need to stop. but after being familiar, i prefer seats inside the jeep because i think it is more spacious there especially if there are only few passengers. sometimes when i am not in a hurry, i try to wait for jeepneys with lesser passengers.
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
i only ride the bus for long travels. i love sitting behind the driver or the first passenger seat. it gives me the view of the road. it is also less bumpy.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
yes. i also observed that it is more bumpy in the back. i have to agree that the seat behind the driver is a good place to seat with all the reason that you have said.
@maquisa (316)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
i always make sure that i will seat beside the window...whether its a bus or jeep, and always in the side of the driver,why? because for me in some cases,example accident of course the driver will save his life and he will turn the bus/jeep in a place where he will not bump,in easy explanation on a safe side!
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
10 Jun 08
there is not much choice where i live. the buses are very crowded. many time swe do not even get space to sit. if its not crowded, i prefer to sit middle at window.
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@asliah (11146)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
when there is no spare seat in a bus i usually stand in the middle but when there are many unoccupied seat i usually seat in the front area of the bus because less crime and i can go down faster because i don't need to walk in the center going down.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I have never actually ridden a bus when it comes to a school bus or city bus but I have been on a greyhound bus once,and if I was ever to ride a city bus then I would prefer to sit in the front as close to the driver as possible and on the outside seat away from the window,since I can not stand crowds or being on crowded buses so I would want to get off the bus as soon as fast as possible after it stopped.
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
We do have buses and jeepneys over here in our country. Although I rarely take these public means of transportation anymore, I still get to ride on them on certain occasions. On a daily basis, I take an fx taxi which goes straight from a station near our place to my workplace. Once a week or once in two to three weeks, I do take a jeepney because it's much cheaper this way. If I take a jeepney alone, I prefer sitting on the seat at the back of the driver. Or sometimes, I'd also take the seat beside the driver if my husband is with me. While regarding buses, I only get to ride them when we travel to our province and visit my parents or my in-laws. When we do, I usually take the seat beside the window. Anyway, I was quite curious as to why you know jeepneys. Buses are quite seen all over the world in many countries, but the same does not apply with jeepneys. By any chance, are you a Filipino? I haven't checked your profile so I really don't know. But if you do, I could say that we're the same because I'm also a citizen of the Philippines. I guess this will do for now. It's 5:40 in the afternoon and I should get going because my husband is waiting for me at home. Until next time.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
14 Aug 08
we usually rid bus./ mainly they are crowded most of the time. i like to sit in the middle at the window side. by default i have seen i tend to sit on left side.