Commuting is a pretty social activity. However, it is carried out by people who are terrified of interaction and generally keep their heads down and avoid the world. If you are looking to break the ice and make new friends on your daily commute here are ten things you must never do!
Ok, we don’t literally mean you cannot sneeze – after all that just happens sometimes. Especially if you have allergies or a cold, but sneeze correctly! No one, and we mean no one, wants an early morning shower of sneeze germs so be sure to keep that sneeze contained. Have a tissue or a sleeve at the ready and aim your head away from fellow commuters.
2. Steal Someone’s Spot
Have you noticed how beautiful that window spot looks? But the same guy is always in there? Well sadly commuting etiquette dictates that he has now claimed that spot. If you are sure he is missing one day, then maybe have a cheeky seat, but watch for his return. Fighting over the space if you both happen to get on at the same time isn’t going to endear you to anyone!
3. Talk Loudly Into Your Phone
Commuting is a great time to text your friends, not call them loudly and discuss Mark and Sarah’s relationship or expand on the gory details of Zoe’s recent birth traumas. Friends will understand if you pick this time to have your convos by text – just remember not to laugh too loudly if things get funny.
4. Fall Asleep With Your Mouth Open
Ok, we get it, you had a late night, and perhaps a glass of wine you really should not have had on a work night, but try your hardest to be a pretty sleeper. There is nothing worse than looking across the carriage and seeing an open-mouthed walrus opposite.
See above. If you know you can be a bit of a jet engine snorer; then the commute probably isn’t the best place to be taking a nap. It is no nicer to sit near than someone yelling into their phone.
6. Be a Space Hog
You have one seat. No arm waving, flailing or reading the paper while taking up the whole space, and most of someone else for that matter.
7. Forget the Volume
Yes, you might love Megadeath blaring in your ears at 8 am on a gloomy Tuesday, but not everyone does – so check your volume.
Didn’t your mother always say this when you are a kid? Ok, you can see some pretty kooky things on the commute but learn to look subtly and don’t stare!
9. Dine Out
Eating a snack is fine, but a full meal is kind of rude. Spreading out across two seats or trying to eat messy food with grace on a moving train is just not happening. Stick with food you can manage.
10. Be Too Stubborn
Ok, we get it. You got a seat for the first time this week. But, if there is a commuter with a more significant need, you need to be the bigger person. Be sweet and give up your seat.