Feeling nervous about public transportation and want to feel a little bit safer on your next trip? Whether you’re feeling anxious about other people or even just the act of having your safety in another driver’s hands. Here are a few tips on keeping yourself and others safe.
1. Keep to Yourself
Firstly, knowing how to keep to yourself can be what keeps you safe. That may mean you do not make eye contact with anyone, as this often gives them permission to speak to or approach you. Always keep a confident, uniform demeanor to deter any unwanted attention.
You may be the most excellent person in your everyday life, but on the bus, it is best to appear unapproachable. Even slightly unfriendly. Giving someone an inch of contact could open the gate for an awkward conversation you probably aren’t in the mood for and even dangerous situations. Keeping to yourself can help you get from Point A to Point B as peacefully as possible.
2. Watch How You Dress
This may be obvious, but maybe not if you don’t often take public transport. Avoid wearing logos or marked clothing. This is for multiple reasons. The first is that anything expensive-looking may prompt someone to steal from you. The other is that specific logos or even colors can cause issues with other strangers on the bus, leading to conflict.
Even logos from the company you work for can be dangerous if someone doesn’t agree with your company’s beliefs. You may even encounter a disgruntled employee that was burned by the company.
To prevent any unnecessary issues, simply avoid wearing anything that may be offensive at all. People can do harm for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes people act when it has nothing to do with your personality. It’s best to cover up any logos or problem colors with a sweatshirt or jacket.
3. Avoid Eye Contact
The golden rule in many major cities is to not look at anyone else, let alone stare. Many find it rude, and it can prompt problems or inviting in someone to approach you and speak with you. If you’re being harassed by someone who is adamant about having a conversation with you, you may want to pretend you can’t understand them or relocate to a safer place on public transport.
4. Keep an Eye on Your Items
Never leave your phone in your pocket or loosely in your lap. Hold it tightly in your hands as you may need to call someone in the case of an emergency.
Additionally, leaving items loose or unattended is almost like an invitation for those items to be stolen. Smartphones are worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and they’re small and easy to take hold of. Protect your items at all costs and keep a close eye on them.
To keep up with good manners and to avoid items being stolen, don’t carry too big of a load. It’s often perceived as rude to carry a lot of things on public transportation as you are usually crammed into a small space. Carrying around too many items, like a big backpack, makes it easy for bad-doers to steal from you without you noticing.
5. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Perhaps the best rule to keep in mind when riding on a bus is to always be vigilant. Being aware of your surroundings is the best protection to ensure that you are safe and secure. Keep your head on a swivel at all times and see who is around you, what they may be doing, or if someone may be approaching you.
6. Know Who to Call
Accidents do happen. On the bus, in daily life – everywhere. Knowing what to do and who to call can help you have peace of mind in worst-case scenarios. When you’re in a safe position, JT Legal Group can help you with any legal proceedings relating to your bus accident.
With these tips in mind, it is possible to stay safe while riding the bus. Remember that the bus driver is there to help. They are there to get everyone to their destination safely, so never be afraid to stand up and ask for help. In worst-case scenarios, hop off your bus and wait for the next bus in situations that seem beyond anyone’s control.