Have you ever heard of the phrase, the best defence is offense? This phrase is associated with war tactics. How is this phrase connected to travelling via public transport? Simple; in order for you to have a safe travelling experience while riding public transportation, your best defence against activities and things that can harm you is taking the offensive step of being aware of your surroundings. Here are some of the interesting offensive tactics to keep you physically and your personal belongings safe.
When Taking the Train Transportation
Taking the train is one of the smartest ways to travel. Example of a popular train fleet offering paid transportation is Heathrow Express in London; their train can travel from Heathrow to London within the span of 15 minutes. In addition, train operations like those found in Heathrow Express offer premium travel service through its first-class assistance to business travellers. Upgrading or booking for a first class ticket with Heathrow Express entitles the traveller complimentary work tables, newspapers, magazine. What’s more, the seats offered to first class passengers have more leg room. So when you are taking the train, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings as well as keep a count of your baggage and belongings. You never know when misfortune might hit you and steal all your valuables.
When Taking the Bus
Another popular mode of public transportation is the bus. Busses are a common scene in every tourist spots. In fact, every holiday destination in the world offers bus as a mode of travelling around the area. In London alone, double-decker busses serve two fold purpose – one is transportation and the other is tourist attraction.
Even if riding a bus might sound fun, travellers using and intending to use the bus as their means of transportation should always be aware of his surroundings. Bus passengers are often prime targets of pickpockets; once you ride the bus, you can be targeted by pickpockets. To avoid losing your wallet to pickpockets always keep you bags within your sight and never leave them unattended or exposed. You can find here some tips on keeping safe from pickpockets.
When Riding Ferries
Ferries are like buses. Do you need to ask the difference other than obvious that the former travels in water while the other is through overland. What is good about ferries is that they can bring you from and to places within a short period of time without having to deal with hassles of traffic. However, since they are mostly crowded, it pays to be aware of your surroundings in order to guard your safety as well as your personal belongings.
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When Riding Taxi Cabs
The only thing that will worry you when taking the cab is scheming taxi drivers. Thus, before riding a taxi be sure to ask the driver to turn the taxi meter on so that you will know the exact charge that you will pay. Keep track of the plate number, so that just in case you figure into an accident you can run after the operator or the negligent taxi driver himself.
Remember, the best defence is offense; thus, always be aware of your surroundings to avoid any loss or injury when riding the public transport. Avoid exposing your valuables in public to prevent lawless elements in targeting you.