Traveling by bus is an excellent option if you want to save time, money, and the stress of driving a long distance yourself. But traveling by bus is not always an easy ride. Overnight bus trips, in particular, can be uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous.
To keep yourself safe when traveling by bus, Vaziri Law Group offers some easy and smart safety tips:
- Check the Route: Before you travel by bus (especially overnight), check the route the bus plans to travel. There may be local advisories about accidents or incidents involving busses, and if so, you should consider a day trip instead.
- Take First Class: Spending the extra money to upgrade to a first-class bus is a great idea if you are traveling overnight or for a long distance. Some busses are designed for long or overnight trips. They may have more than one driver to ensure that drowsy driving does not become a problem. They may also have more room and more safety procedures.
- Choose your Seat Carefully: If you are taking a regular bus, think carefully about where you will sit (if the seats are not assigned). Do you want the benefit of a window to lean on or the aisle where you can stretch your legs? Do you want to sit next to a man or woman? Do you want to sit in the front or back? The back is often a bumpier ride.
- Conceal your Valuables: When traveling, in general, you should not store all of your money and credit cards in one place. Instead, keep some cash and/or cards on you and others tucked away in your luggage or carry-on bag.
- Bring Drinks and Snacks: There’s nothing worse than traveling a long distance and becoming hungry or thirsty with no relief. Avoid possible problems by packing drinks (Gatorade or electrolytes are good) and snacks.
When it comes to bus travel, a little preparation goes a long way to ensuring a safe and secure ride. Never underestimate your environment or those around you. Be alert, aware, and prepared.