Whether you’re an adult who frequently uses the bus for commuting purposes or a parent who has a child who rides the bus; bus safety is critical. But the actual bus ride isn’t the only important component of security; safe practices while waiting for the bus is equally essential. Here are some tips for bus stop safety.
Keep a Safe Distance
Whether you’re an adult or a child waiting for a bus, keeping a safe distance from the road is key. Not only will waiting back from the road ensure that the bus driver sees you, but it will also give you plenty of room to move out of the way if there’s a dangerous driver on the road. Most recommendations for distance are at least ten feet from the curb or five giant-sized steps. As the bus driver approaches, wave or makes eye contact to ensure safety.
Put Away Distractions
Distractions may be dangerous when waiting for a bus, especially if too close to the curb. Always put away any distractions—like a cell phone or tablet—unless a safe distance away from the road. Even then, know that you may be inviting danger by being unaware of your surroundings. If you have kids who ride the bus to and from school, remind them too that cell phones are a no-no while waiting.Nobody should be horseplaying, shoving or pushing as this can cause an injury while waiting for the bus.
Wait in a Well-lit Area
Waiting in a well-lit area can reduce your chances of being involved in a crime (like a mugging or assault), and can also improve other drivers’ ability to see clearly you. Waiting in a well-lit area will also help the bus driver be able to see you, too. As a note, you should also keep your belongings close to you, and it is advisable not to look at a cell phone while waiting as these are primary targets for criminals.
What should I do if injured while waiting for a bus?
If your injuries are severe and you need to take legal action to recover compensation, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to talk. Being injured while waiting for a bus can be an unexpected and traumatic experience. We know what you’re going through, and we want to help. You can call us anytime to schedule your free case consultation. Reach us at 215-642-2335 now!