Quick Tips For a Safe and Stress-free Chicago Megabus Ride

February 27, 2013

If you are considering a trip on a Megabus, you have probably heard some of the pros and cons of riding the bus line.

Rave reviews speak of cheap ticket prices, free Wi-Fi, and convenient travel. However, complaints can range from simple inconveniences like late arrivals and spotty Wi-Fi connections, to serious problems such as roadside mechanical failures, incompetent bus drivers, or tragic accidents that result in injury or death.

Once on the road, passengers have little control over bus safety or the circumstances of their trip. The following tips may decrease your chance of suffering injury and help reduce the stress of your bus ride. First, take some basic precautions before boarding the bus:

Check the bus exterior to determine whether it appears to be in good working order and the lights work properly.
Listen for odd sounding noises that may indicate mechanical problems.
Verify that your driver is alert and attentive as you board the bus.
Find out whether a second driver is available on a long trip—riding along, or available at a scheduled stop.

If you feel any reason for concern before leaving, do not stay on the bus. Although tragic Megabus accidents are rare, they do happen. Mechanical failures, poor road conditions, and driver capabilities can trigger a Chicago bus crash.

In addition to some basic precautions, the following stress relievers should make your trip more pleasant:

Arrive early—at least 30-45 minutes before your scheduled departure so that you have plenty of time to find the correct bus.
Check the weather and dress accordingly. Stops are typically outdoors—leaving passengers exposed to the elements.
Pack snacks for your trip to make sure you have access to food when you get hungry.

Once your trip on Megabus begins, your safety becomes the responsibility of the transportation company. It is their primary duty to keep you safe while providing you with their transport service. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, an experienced Chicago vehicle accident attorney can help. The attorneys at Lane & Lane have been serving Illinois residents for many years, and will put our knowledge to work for you. Contact us today at 312-332-1400 for a fast and free consultation.

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