Every day we read of taxi accidents where several people have died, truck accidents where the driver usually dies, motor car accidents where the driver usually succumbs. Now and again we hear of a bus accident where 25 people may be killed. I had the option of driving to Cape Town by bakkie or Toyota. I had done the trip in 2010 and it was eventless. The only problem, at that time,was the Mighty N1 in a poor state of repairs and hence the motorist took twice the time to reach his destination.
Stop and go should be applied to aircraft too. ( put your tongue in your cheek, eusebius, about now) The only way to determine the safety record of a bus-line is to ask them then divide the answer by 2 if you do get an answer. Very many bus-lines will give you no answer but those answers will be questionable. Try asking a taxi driver when last did he have an accident: If he said yesterday then he is your man based on honesty and if he said “Never” then run and hide because bullets will be following you and you will know if he is lying.
99% will lie because it is his occupation to lie like in a community of trolls. To get back to my trip to CT it was decided to use a bus-line carrying our destination. (Sort that out PF.) and there was a rebate for two X pensioners. The bus departed from Welkom at about 21h30 dead on time: no.no.no. no. Not dead like in dying: excuse the trolls dear reader, bit’o’ humour I dare-say
Strangely, throughout the bus we never smelt that weed, yes that one which is illegal. In fact nobody gave a damn if they smelt it or not. Travelling by bus is ok if you have faith in the liner and know its record. The biggest problem for bus drivers is the distance motor cars overtaking the bus have. Less than ½ metres and these cars are travelling at 120km/h while the bus may not exceed 95 km/h. When large trucks overtake a bus then the bus driver has to know the ropes.
What may be awkward and uncomfortable is the side-ways sway of the bus and may induce vomiting or, at the least, nausea. While travelling by bus one tends to revisit the history and accident scene of the particular liner. The recent accident at De Doorn seemed to play on the minds of the passengers I accompanied.
A basic calculation will indicate that the price of a bus ticket and for four persons is far below the price spent on fuel for a motor car.