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about transport etiquette.
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appear. So if you're using public
transport to get around in the UK then
there's a certain etiquette that you
should be following; a set of rules that
will ensure you don't get into any
trouble, or offend anybody, because let's
be honest
during rush hour we can all get a little
bit impatient. So before you even get on
a train or a bus there are a few things
you should be aware of.
Firstly, beware the rucksack. If you're
the kind of person to walk around with a
huge rucksack then have some spatial
awareness. Be aware of the people that
you're, potentially knocking out every
time you turn around.
it's probably best to take the rucksack
off if you're in a busy carriage on a
train, or if you're on a bus and there's
lots of other people. Now if you're
visiting London and you're planning on
using the underground we have a rule
about standing on the right of the
escalator. So as you're going up or down
the escalators if you're just going to
stand you must be on the right hand side;
and if you want to stand on the left
then you should use that to continue
walking, otherwise people will get quite
cross if they're in a hurry and they
want to get passed you.
Now once you reach the platform or bus
stop and your vehicle arrives the polite
thing to do is to stand aside, away from
the doors and allow those people who
want to get off to disembark. Then you're
free to get on without any troubles. So
remember when the vehicle arrives
stop-and-wait. Once it's clear then get
on, otherwise you might come across as
rude if you push on. If the train or bus
is really busy and you're struggling to
get on then you could ask everybody to
move down, but don't forget we're British.
We have to use manners.
It's always polite to say 'please', "Could
you move down please?"
Which is also something to bear in mind
if you are already on the train or bus
and you can see someone struggling to
get in then you should also move down.
Now you've boarded, you're walking down the
carriage, you spot a seat
that's free, you make a beeline, beeline
means a direct movement towards
something. So you make a beeline for that
seat and you have to check first that
nobody is sitting there. So if this seat
was free but someone's here
maybe they have their paper on the chair
or their bag then the best thing to do
is to ask them
excuse me do you mind if I sit there or
excuse me
is anybody sitting here and usually
they'll say no it's fine
they move their bag or their paper and
let you sit down. Now once you're on your
journey one thing to be very careful of
is eye contact. We do not like making eye
contact on public transport.
So you have to do everything you can to
avoid making eye contact with another
person and if you happen to make eye
contact then keep it brief.
Maybe a little smile and look away. Never
stare or hold someone's eye contact for
too long
it makes us very uncomfortable. Let's
talk about food. Now if you're planning
to eat on public transport then do avoid
really smelly and offensive food like
boiled eggs for example, or kippers. It's
really not pleasant
if someone opens up
their very smelly food in a packed
carriage of a train;
perhaps someone else isn't feeling very
well or they don't like the smell,
yeah so avoid smelly foods. Then of
course there's the obvious etiquette, if
you are eating and drinking don't do it
loudly, keep your mouth closed when
you're eating. You're not a camel. And now
you know the basic etiquette of using
public transport in the UK. Follow these
rules and you will be ok. if you enjoyed
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Using PUBLIC TRANSPORT: British Etiquette

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wendy published on April 21, 2017
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