How to Stay Safe Riding an Intercity Bus

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    • 1). Plan your trip so that stations are open when you're there to board or transfer. Check the bus line's website for the hours of the stations on your route. Most large bus stations have uniformed security guards. Other bus stops are at businesses that are closed at night or on Sunday.

    • 2). Pack light. You'll have to transfer your own luggage. Organize a carry-on bag that contains snacks, a bottle of water and any necessary medications in case the bus is delayed or the driver needs to cut meal stops short.

    • 3). Line up early to board so you can choose a seat toward the front of the bus, near the driver. Passengers who want to cause trouble don't want the driver to be able to see and hear them easily.

    • 4). Follow the other passengers into the bus station when you stop for a break or a transfer. Wait where staff or security guards are in sight.

    • 5). Take your carry-on bag with you when you exit the bus to use the restroom or eat at a snack bar. Keep your wallet and other valuables in a button or zip pocket that's not easily accessible.

    • 6). Use small bills, not credit cards or large bills, to pay for rest-stop meals and snacks. Don't make yourself a target of a pickpocket or thief.

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