Pop Quiz! Anybody know where the word “bus” comes from? Anybody?(Hint: If you’ve taken Latin in high school, you should definitely know the answer.)
For everybody who hasn’t Googled the answer yet– “bus” comes from the Latin word “omnibus,” meaning “for all.” You probably usually see buses used for schools and traveling companies, but buses are, quite literally, intended to be a method of transport for everyone. So why don’t more people use them? Here are five reasons to start:
1. Safety If you’re traveling on the road, government data shows that charter buses are the safest vehicles in which to travel. If you need some proof for this claim, simply consider that, for decades, schools have used buses to transport children every day. And safety measures on charter bus lines will only keep improving.
2. Gotta be Green Even when you’re not walking, you’re leaving footprints. Carbon footprints, to be precise. Short drives in the car may not seem harmful, but those short drives add up over time. If you’re driving to work alone every day, you’re leaving your own carbon footprint. Using group travel methods, such as coach buses, is an effective way to preserve the environment. Many charter buses now run on electricity, hybrid electricity-gas systems, natural gas, and bio-diesel fuel.
3. Save Some Money Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, whether you need to find a new way to commute to work or you’re planning a big cross-country trip– traveling via coach bus is the most affordable option. You shouldn’t need any extra proof of this if you’ve ever filled up your gas tank and felt the urge to cry.
Support Your Economy This one may seem a little dubious, but think about it– charter bus lines do wonders for the tourism industry by driving passengers through multiple states and making stops along the way. If you work for a business that depends on tourism, you know how important these types of companies are.
Stay Organized Charter buses often charge flat-rate fees based on mileage making it easy to plan out your trips, even if you’re on a budget. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting lost on confusing expressways or dealing with the stress of rush hour traffic! It’s a win-win situation.