We all travel. We go to school and work almost everyday of our lives BUT have you ever ask yourself “have I been a good passenger?” or something like “have I been a responsible passenger?”. This may sound “O.A.” for some but for concerned Filipinos like us, this is something important that we need to think of. We need to improve ourselves even just in simple things like commuting through tricycle or public utility jeepneys.
In this post we will show you how to be a good tricycle passenger:
1. Give the inner seats to the Elders, kids, and Women.
For the simple reason that these people are more prone from danger. If you’re a man, better act like one. Be generous enough to give seats to our Lolos and Lolas for they may not have strength to hold tight on the backseat, same with the kids. You might say women can go backseat too, yes, but if you happen to ride with girls wearing skirt and not jeans, try to asses first if they can handle going backseat. There are bunch of mamboboso out there so better take note of that.
2. Hold your hair (For Long Hair)
If you’re a girl or long haired man sitting on the backseat in the middle area, where others might be sitting on your left, you need to be aware that your hair might be flying on your seatmate’s face. Wear some ponytail or hair clip or still, if you prefer to loosen your hair, be responsible enough that it won’t be a nuisance for others. We’ve been in this kind of situations before where we almost ate the hair of our co-passengers but since we Filipinos don’t want to hurt other’s feeling, we just let it pass.
3. Barya lang po sa umaga.
If you’re riding a tricycle, always consider that our kababayan drivers, most of the time, haven’t earned enough coins for them to give change specially during mornings. So always ready your coins during mornings as it will also save you time if you’re in a rush hour. You will not be waiting for the driver to change the big bills into smaller ones.
4. Politely ask the driver to drive faster if you’re in a hurry.
There may be some time that you are in a hurry specially during rush hours. You noticed that the tricycle is not moving fast enough. Instead of complaining, politely ask the driver if he can go faster. Make sure that the tone of your voice is not in the “beast mode”. After all, you don’t also want to ruin the start of your day so keep calm and smile.
Being nice to others is being nice to yourself. As the saying goes do unto others what you want others do unto you. You may not know one day you’ll find your “Forever” inside the tricycle’s passenger seat. 🙂
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