As the East Coast roasts in a massive heat wave — made worse in cities suffering from the “urban heat island” effect — Reuters India has published some useful tips on how to “stay cool and considerate” in the summertime.
Many of these tips talk about temper-control on public transit.
Most of our public-transit-rider readers probably know by now: rush hour + crowded bus or train – air conditioning [can] = inconsiderate public transit peers!
To stave off such unpleasantness and work toward cultivating a cohesive rider community and improved quality of life, we’re highlighting some pointers on how to keep your cool when your ride is too hot:
- As the temperatures rise, tempers can flare, especially in hot and crowded public transport. It may be trying, but always try to keep your cool. Remember, everyone’s in the same position.
- Avoid loud sighing and persistent moaning – it will only irritate your fellow passengers.
- Be aware of other people. Respect their personal space whenever possible, and keep an eye out for the elderly or pregnant who may be in need of a seat.
- Be tolerant if sudden lurches (a frequent occurrence on buses and tubes) propel you into close proximity with other passengers. Apologize if you’re the perpetrator, and smile politely if you’re the one being crushed.
- Remember that heat and proximity heighten tension and amplify your behavior, so be considerate if using a mobile phone, eating, drinking, listening to music or carrying outsized luggage.
- Keep conversations with traveling companions quiet and discreet – you don’t want everyone on the bus to be involuntarily eavesdropping.