Public transportation can be a great way to get around in the city of Las Vegas. You may choose to travel on a Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) bus, to take a cab or to call an Uber. Regardless of which method of transportation you pick, it is critically important that you take steps to protect your safety. There are some inherent risks that come with taking every form of public transportation. Fortunately, you can take proactive measures to protect yourself and your property. The following is a list of five things that you should avoid doing while taking public transportation in Vegas.
1. Do Not Travel Without a Plan
Most often, things go wrong when people find themselves confused, rushed or stressed out. You can avoid this problem while travelling on public transportation if you plan ahead. More specifically, you should:
- Know where you are going, in detail;
- Leave yourself enough time to get there without being forced to rush; and
- Be sure that you have enough money to complete your trip.
2. Avoid Common Distractions
Taking public transportation is essentially downtime. This leads many people to pick up a book, put in their headphones or to bury their face in their smartphone. As tempting as all of these options can be, you also need to make sure that you are staying alert. Do not get distracted. You may end up missing your stop or you may become a target for a criminal.
3. Do Not Fall Asleep
Additionally, you should never fall asleep while you are taking public transportation. Sadly, the world can not be fully trusted. You need to keep your eyes open so that you can spot any potential threats to yourself or to your property.
4. Avoid Putting Your Phone or Purse on the Seat Next to You
You do not want to lose your important and valuable belongings while riding a bus or while in an Uber. If your wallet, your keys or your phone gets lost, it will no doubt ruin your day while taking money right out of your pocket. You need to keep these items in your possession at all times. Avoid putting anything down on the seat next to you. It is simply too easy to lose track of these items.
5. Do Not Ignore Your Instincts
Finally, travellers should never ignore their basic instincts. In some cases, a situation may feel wrong but you will not be able to put your finger on exactly why you have feelings of unease. Remember, be safe rather than sorry. If you do not feel comfortable getting into a certain cab or Uber, you should wait for the next one. Trust your instincts.
Were You Injured While Taking Public Transportation in Las Vegas?
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