SALEM, Ohio — People are traveling again! Hotels are booking up, and people are hitting the road for quick weekend getaways and longer cross-country trips. As more travelers are getting back out there and seeing the sights both near and far, it’s important to talk to your clients about their transportation options and provide safety reminders before they head out.
Traveling can be a fun and rewarding time, and buses provide an affordable option, making travel more accessible. Passenger safety should always be the top priority when booking a bus trip, with passenger comfort being a close second.
Remember, it’s up to you to “Look Before You Book” to ensure your clients’ vacations are as fun and safe as possible. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants to help. The Bus Safety Search tool on FMCSA’s website can help you research a bus company. Look up the company’s U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number or use the bus company’s name to learn about its safety history, operating authority status and more.
FMCSA also provides a “Learn Before You Board” tip sheet as a downloadable resource to share with your clients. In it, you can find helpful safety information about everything from the use of handrails while boarding to how to exit safely in case of an emergency while on the road.
Comfort is also important. FMCSA provides a tip sheet for safety and comfort while on board a bus, which provides passengers with reminders like staying seated and buckled up while the bus is moving. You can also suggest activities to keep your clients occupied such as books or games and remind them to pack snacks.
Your clients are ready to get back on the road, and bus travel can be a great option for many of them. Remember to use FMCSA’s resources to make bus passenger safety and comfort a priority.