Rules to Know When You’re on the Go

Today, you have many forms of transportation available to you, including boats, cars, and airplanes. Each mode of transportation has its own advantages and disadvantages and is designed to be used at a certain time. For example, riding your bike to work is cheaper and more eco-friendly than taking the subway, but you must exert more effort to pedal your bike uphill. Each type also comes with its own regulations. You should be aware of these rules when you use the following forms of transportation.


While boats are not as common for passenger transport as they used to be, many people still take ferries to get to islands or travel between coastal cities. When operating boats, captains must be careful to avoid both collision and allision, which is when a moving boat strikes a stationary boat. Additionally, they need to ensure that everyone has proper safety materials, including lifejackets and emergency radios. The regulations for wearing lifejackets vary depending on the size of the boat and the journey’s purpose, so check the rules before you decide not to wear one.


Most people learn the many rules of driving cars when they take driver’s education. Perhaps the most important of these regulations is the prohibition against drinking or taking drugs and driving. While people over the age of 21 can drive with a blood alcohol content level of up to .08, underage drivers must not drive with any alcohol in their bloodstreams. Other critical rules include wearing seatbelts, using turn signals, coming to a full stop at stop signs, and checking for oncoming traffic before switching lanes. These restrictions may seem boring or annoying to frequent drivers, but they save lives and prevent car accidents.


Pilots must avoid alcohol prior to take-off just like drivers, and airlines create their own guidelines to prevent fatigue and burnout. However, most people are not pilots, so your airplane experience is probably solely as a passenger. Before getting on board, the airline makes sure that you do not have any hazardous items with you by screening your body and luggage for forbidden goods, such as aerosols, knives, and explosives. Some weapons such as firearms can be packed in your checked bag, but you must check your airline’s policy well in advance of departure. Once you are actually in the plane, to ensure your safety, you must listen to all instructions that the pilot and attendants give, particularly during a situation such as an emergency landing or loss of pressure in the cabin. This includes wearing your seatbelt during times of turbulence, even if you are tired of sitting and are not ascending or descending.

When you’re preparing for a trip, one of the first things that you figure out is how you will reach your destination. Whether you’re flying to a different continent, driving across the state, or taking your boat to the harbor five miles south of your port, you need to follow the rules that apply to your chosen mode of transportation.