5 Safety Tips for Elderly Passengers

Journeys are an unavoidable part of our life, whether by rail, road or air. People travel from one place to the other for various purposes like business meetings, meeting friends and relatives, job requirements, or simply for pleasure trips like enjoying holidays or vacations. But to make your journey a pleasantly memorable one, one needs to have a safe and secure travelling experience. This importance of safety becomes even more significant in case of elderly people. Elderly people due to their age, have slow reflex systems, which can make them less alert and hence more prone to accidents. We present you some useful tips that the elderly people can follow to keep themselves safe and secure during their travels.

Before boarding a train, a number of things can be kept in mind. Use of timetables can be very helpful. The elderly people may not be well aware of change in the time schedules of train due to less travel or they may be lacking knowledge about newly introduced trains. In case of any disruption in the train services you are availing, or for some emergency reason if you need to stop and break your journey, one must be aware of the connecting trains or other transit services available to reach your destination. Also if you know the correct timings, it can reduce your waiting time on platforms.

The provision of closed circuit television cameras on platforms ensure round the clock monitoring of passengers. The elderly people should try to be present where they can be clearly visible on these cameras by the control room staff people. In case of any theft or other vandalism acts, these footages help the authorities to track the crime details and hence the persons involved in these acts. If possible, try to arrange for someone to meet you on the station.

While using mobile or camera or any other expensive gadgets, be as alert as possible so that anyone keeping an eye on you is not able to snatch it when you are busy operating the same. Try to avoid using such gadgets while walking.

While boarding the train, try to be careful of the gap present in between the train steps and the platform. Try to hold on to the nearby handles tightly to avoid any fall. Always listen carefully to the announcements being made before and after boarding of trains. Do not be in a hurry to board the train. Let others step down; it will help in creating more space and hence easy boarding. Avoid trains running at peak hours, as they have maximum rush.

While on board, if you feel unwell, or sense some potential problem, try to report the matter to the nearby railway personnel or your fellow passengers for getting quick help. Avoid moving from one carriage to the other while the train is moving. Before boarding, keep a train contact number handy preferably on your mobile.