Commuting to and from work is part of our weekly routine. If you’re not lucky enough to be within walking distance of your workplace, you’ll have to make use of some form of transportation.
Whether you’re cycling to work, catching a bus or train or driving your own personal vehicle, here is how you can make sure that you commute safely.
Travelling by bike
Cycling is the most fuel-efficient way to travel to and from work.
The leisure of having a bike lane is great. You get the ‘road’ all to yourself, but in many city environments, bike lanes don’t always exist.
Travelling on nothing more than a little metal and rubber, the bullies of the road; cars, busses and trucks are huge armoured tanks in comparison.
Many people associate this form of travel as one that is dangerous, however, only a few people do get hurt riding their bikes, with the vast majority of bike riders commuting safely.
A few easy ways to minimise the danger of bike riding include:
- Always wearing a helmet
- Sticking to the rules of the road
- Staying aware of what is going on around you
- Riding in a straight line (swerving makes cars nervous)
- Looking behind you before turning.
Travelling on buses and trains
It sounds obvious, but knowing the time your bus or train is due to leave, will save you having to wait around or rush.
It’s particularly important to know the time of the last bus or train home if you’re travelling at late hours, this is to avoid being stranded on your own.
It’s also advised that you trust your instincts about whom you sit or stand next to. If you’re feeling uncomfortable with one of the other passengers sitting near you, you can get off at the next stop and change carriages.
Also, try and sit in a carriage with a lot of people. If there does happen to be a thief on board, you’re more vulnerable to attack if you’re alone in a carriage with just one other person.
Other safety precautions to note include:
- Catching a bus or train somewhere well lit
- If someone attacks or touches you shout to other passengers
- Keep your mobile phone out of sight
- Don’t discuss personal details.
Travelling by car
There are a few safety features to consider when purchasing a vehicle:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- 360 Air Bags
- Automatic Braking
- Lane Departure Warnings
- Blind Spot Detection
- Back-up Assist Cameras
- Anti-lock Braking System
In relation to proper vehicle safety comes proper vehicle maintenance. No matter how safe your vehicle is initially; if you don’t keep it running and in shape, the possibility of something going wrong can increase.
Possibly the most important driving tip is to keep your focus on the road and what you’re doing. Commuting the same route every day can become tiring and monotonous, and you can easily become distracted.
Also, don’t text and drive, don’t fiddle with your GPS while you drive and don’t eat while you drive.
Keep your focus on the road and what you’re doing, and you’ll be aware and prepared for anything.