Millions of South Africans rely on public transportation for their daily commute. Public transport gets people to and from their homes and places of work, and drives the economy. However, it is also a risky way to travel. Most people use public transport because they generally can’t afford to buy their own vehicles, although there are ways to work around this problem. Let’s take a look at some of the key risks involved with our various public transport systems.

The dangers of public transportation

For many South African commuters, buses and taxis are the main modes of transport. At the heart of the risks involved with these is the fact that each passenger puts their lives in the hands of a driver, who is hopefully fit for purpose. A taxi or bus driver has to deal with the stresses of driving continuously over the course of a long day, as well as passenger distractions, the boredom of monotonous routes, and the bending or breaking of road rules, which often comes with tight schedules to which they have to adhere. All of this can lead to driver fatigue, loss of concentration, and increased risks of accidents. Of course, the risk of crime at bus stops and taxi ranks must also be taken into account.

Illnesses

We are living in the age of COVID-19, which has added an extra dimension to the risks involved with commuting. Passengers are crowded into tight spaces, where they are at increased risk of catching the virus through the air or direct contact. COVID is the only thing to worry about. Travelling in such close confines can lead to a range of other infections as well.

How to protect yourself

As a passenger, you should always remain alert and aware of your surroundings. Observe the drivers and other passengers in a vehicle before getting in, and wear all the necessary protection against COVID-19 and other pathogens. The ideal is to find an alternative means of transport, such as your own car. This is not possible for many, but there are some who can join the ranks of the country’s vehicle owners, by way of rent-to-own vehicle financing. Then, as a driver, it is also very important to remain alert when driving near buses and taxis, as the risk of fatigue and loss of focus could cause an accident involving the surrounding vehicles.

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