Public travel can be nerve-wracking: how can you keep safe?

Although public transport is part and parcel of modern life (especially for city dwellers!), public travel can be a bit nerve-wracking. With Covid-19 still posing a risk to many of us, you may be wondering what you can do to make sure you’re as safe as possible on your travels?

You may be encouraged to know that according to a study by Imperial College, when they tested samples from escalators, buttons and handles – no traces of the virus were found. Phew!

However, it never harms to be too careful when it comes to taking precautions. 

What train etiquette should you be following? 

Apart from arriving early, it’s good practice to secure your regular seat. You will get used to where everyone sits so you can travel in harmony. 

If you don’t have to travel at rush-hour don’t. Look online for a range of train times to London for example and pick a time that is likely to be less busy. The regulars will thank you for it. 

You should also try to be as quiet as possible (especially on the quiet carriage!), considerate if using a laptop and move your bags off the seat next to you busy services. 

What Covid rules should you be following?

If you are close enough to smell someone’s breath, you are close enough to catch the virus. That’s why social distancing is crucial on public transport where possible. 

According to government guidelines, you should also look to wash or sanitise your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, and keep loud talking, shouting or singing to a minimum. 

You are also required to wear a face covering unless exempt, otherwise you may be refused travel. 

What can you do on the train to make the best use of the time?

Although 74% of businesses are maintaining home working, as offices begin to open up again, many workers will be considering their commutes once more – even if it is only a few days per week. With the average commute by train lasting an hour, this time soon adds up, making it the perfect time to do something productive. 

How you choose to spend your commute is entirely up to you. However, if you want to make the most of the time, you could consider things such as catching up on emails, audiobooks or meditation. 

If you want to take things up a gear, you could even try learning a new skill.

In conclusion… 

Public transport may seem daunting, but by following a few simple steps you can keep yourself and everyone around you safe. By following government guidelines and social etiquette, you’ll be well on your way to an enjoyable train journey. 

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