Many of us rely on a public bus service get from A to B. If you’re travelling on a public bus, you’ll probably complete your journey without any issues at all. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of potential hazards you may encounter on your travels.
5 common hazards on a public bus
Here are five hazards you may come across on a public bus, and some tips to try and help you avoid accidents, such as slips, trips and falls.
- Slippery floors: if it has been raining, the floors of a public bus will often be wet and slippery. Take care to avoid slip and trips when walking up the aisle. If it is raining outside, it’s wise to wear suitable footwear with grip.
- Steps: climbing onto the bus is probably the most dangerous part of your journey. Never try to board a moving bus, and take your time when boarding. Take extra care if it’s wet outside. Let other people get off the bus before you try and get on a public bus.
- Litter: even though there are bins provided on buses, some people still throw litter. Litter can act as an obstacle and it may trip you up, especially if you’re not looking where you are going. Paper cups, wrappers and plastic bags all carry a risk of slip and trip injuries. When youre finding a seat, pay attention; don’t try and text or talk on your phone while you’re walking.
- Bags: if youre travelling on a public bus, you may find that people around you are carrying bags or luggage. Take care when walking down the bus and be very careful if you’re taking anything out of a luggage rack. Items can move around during the journey and they become dislodged. Make sure your bag is stored securely. Never leave your possessions lying around.
- Road traffic accidents: you run the risk of being involved in road traffic accidents when travelling in any vehicle on the roads. If you’re on a public bus, there’s probably very little you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in a road accident. However, you can take steps to protect yourself from car crash injuries. Wear a seatbelt if they have been provided. If there are no seats left, hold onto a pole or rail.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice