Infographic: Traveler safety – Using ground transportation

When it comes to your personal safety, the pandemic is likely to be at the forefront of your thinking as you return to regular business travel. But you’ll also need to be mindful of the other risks you faced before the pandemic. As it may have been some time since you last traveled regularly, now might be the right time for a reminder of some of the things you can do to keep yourself safe.

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When using a taxi or ride-hailing

  • Check that it is safe and reliable.
  • Ensure services are operating from the airport at time of arrival, and that it’s safe to use them at this time.
  • Avoid using it during peak travel hours when services may be overcrowded or full.
  • Check and comply with any local rules on face masks and social distancing.
  • Use contactless payment or have the right amount ready when paying by cash.

When using public transportation

  • Check that it is safe and reliable.
  • Ensure services are operating from the airport at time of arrival, and that it’s safe to use them at this time.
  • Avoid using it during peak travel hours when services may be overcrowded or full.
  • Wear face masks, follow social distancing, and wear gloves or avoid touching handrails, poles, etc.
  • Use contactless payment or have the right amount ready when paying by cash.

When taking the train

  • Check in online and use electronic tickets.
  • Use self-service kiosks to minimize staff contact at the station.
  • Pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to clean frequently-touched surfaces, and minimize movement around the train.
  • Consider bringing your own food and beverages for long trips.
  • Store your luggage within sight, if possible.
  • Select a window seat if possible, to minimize contact with passing passengers.

When using a rental car

  • Use company-approved car rental, paying with a corporate charge card. Both should provide insurance and protection negotiated by your company.
  • Inspect the vehicle for its safety features, correct tire inflation, tread and spare wheel, adequate fuel level, and tools.
  • Confirm the fuel type and how to refuel the car.
  • Check the vehicle conforms to the latest health & safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Ensure the car rental agency provides an emergency contact number.
  • Consider local weather conditions, which may warrant extra safety features, such as wheel chains or snow tires.
  • Have a valet park the car to reduce the risks of the walk from the parking area to the hotel entrance.
  • Rent cars online and pick up from select locations without having to enter rental offices.
  • Familiarize yourself with local traffic laws before getting behind the wheel.
  • Always wear a seatbelt, and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.