In the larger cities such as Philadelphia, mass transit is almost a necessity. With the busy streets and congested downtown areas, personal automobile use is not the wisest choice. Parking tends to be hard to find or outrageously expensive and road rage is through the roof. Many people are enjoying the freedom of moving around a big city by using the mass transit system. Some don't even own a car and use the bus lines instead. However, if this is your major mode of transportation be aware of a few tips to remain safe.
Be Aware of Fellow Passengers
When boarding a bus it's important to be aware of others traveling on the same route. For personal safety reasons, do a quick scan of faces and keep backpacks, purses or other belongings in your possession of all times. Take note of any suspicious characters or anyone that might ask you to hold something for them. If you feel threatened at anytime, change seats or get off the bus.
Protect yourself if the Bus is in an Accident
It happens. Buses are not immune from traffic Accidents, but you can protect yourself better if you know how to handle one. When in an accident while being a passenger on a bus be sure to take care of any injuries incurred first, then assist others. Get off the bus as soon as possible and contact your doctor to be checked out completely. Call your insurance company and a lawyer. A lawyer can best advise to your rights when involved in a bus accident.
Use Busy Bus Stops
When waiting at a bus stop it's important to be in a well-lit area, preferably in a busy area. Not all bus stops are in favorable areas and can be known for pickpockets or muggers. Always keep your belongings secure and close to your body, but if all possible utilize stops that are frequented by many other riders in the better parts of town. It's a good idea to find a friend that travels the same route at the same time for more personal safety and less likelihood of being harmed or robbed.
Staying safe while taking advantage of a cities mass transit system is key to making it worthwhile. Saving money is great, but not at the expense of injury. And alleviating the headache of owning and driving in the downtown congested areas are great, but not at the risk of personal safety. Always pay attention to your surroundings when traveling with others.