Monday, November 17, 2008

The Safest And Best Seat On A Bus

I have now logged about 6,000 miles on long distance buses. They include Greyhound (Canada and U.S.), Elite (Mexico), ADO GL (Mexico), Tica (Central America), and Chinita Risuena (a Guatemalan chicken bus, with a tilde over the "n" in Risuena).

This is my assessment of what seats to avoid, and to select.

Front of the bus:
  • Unless there is a curtain between the cockpit and the passenger section, the front seats should be avoided because a) you will be scared shitless when you see how your driver is recklessly driving and b) at night, headlights from oncoming traffic will prevent you from sleeping.
  • If there is a frontal impact, you'll be one of the first to go.
  • Overnight, the driver WILL turn on mariachi music full blast to keep himself (and you) awake.
Back of the bus:
  • If there is a rear impact, you'll be one of the first to go.
  • If there is a bathroom aboard, you will be very uncomfortable with the smell and with people constantly walking by you to use it.
Window seat:
  • If there is a side impact, you will get hurt.
  • If there is a rollover, you will get hurt.
So where is the best seat? The aisle seats toward the middle of the bus. (Results may vary.)

You're welcome.



Anonymous said...

You are cracking me up! Will sit in the center inside aisle

Anonymous said...

Thanks....makes good sense to me:)

Anonymous said...

You hardly needed to travel 6000 miles to work that one out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for that info. Now being a Scottish pensioner I get free bus travel and use buses a lot. I've wondered where the safest seats are located. Now I know!!