Making commuting more Autism friendly.

Commuting three times a week often has me stressed out.

I live in the Heartland of where Southern rail operates; the last year at college was dominated by this. “Lydia, do you know where …… is? “Late due to the trains!” This would later just be shorted to “trains” with the more and more strikes that took place.

I don’t have an opinion about the strikes; I would just like it sorted out, as neither side is in the wrong or right.

But it’s havoc! For instance, on my birthday this year, we had to get a bus replacement home; a guard shouted at my mother-goodness knows why-enough to be filmed by several people on their respective phones. The board with the train times malfunctions. A train barely turns up on time on a good day; that’s not to say it doesn’t.

Anyway, ignore my rant; here are some ideas as to how to make commuting more Autism friendly.

People: put your headphones in! 

I have no qualms about an individual using Snapchat; that’s up to them. But if you’re playing video, why would I want to hear it? I’ve been on plenty of trains where people have opened a ‘Snap’, and played it at full volume. It’s disorientating, and not pleasant, especially if it’s effin’ and jeffin’. Seriously, put the headphones in.

Don’t carry big bags. 

Yes, really. And if you do, put it in the overhead storage.

Be respectful of volume.

Now, you don’t need to shout down a mobile phone, or at your child, unless there’s imminent danger. There’s very slim chance of this on a train; you don’t need to do it otherwise. You also don’t need to be swearing.

Don’t crowd. 

I like to sit by myself, especially in an empty carriage. But if you get on, why come sit next to me? That’s a serious question I’d like to be answered. There’s other spaces in the carriage, and I have clearly chosen that space for a reason. Please don’t crowd me.

Don’t shove people off trains.

Yep, this has happened to me. Why do it? We are all trying to get somewhere, and no one is more important. You do not need to be first.

Let people get off first.

If you’re getting the tube, the basic thing is to let people get off first, then get on, surely? I’ve been on the Tube and various trains where someone hasn’t done this, and has become angry that there’s no space for them, and people push past.

Keep walking, don’t stop. 

I’m trying to exit the station. You’re on your phone, zigzagging across the way out, slowly. Then you stop right in front of me. Please keep walking. I don’t wish to bash you.

Stop reserving seats. 

Everyone needs a seat. But if you’re friend is five stops away, offer up the next seat; don’t reserve it with your bag. A lady had done this when I was on the train; as a consequence, a young family had to stand up for an hour, maybe. Your bag does not also need to always be with you, or have its own seat. It aint royalty.

Put bags on the overhead rack. 

See above point.

Be pleasant. 

Because, life is so much more simple that way! And I think that should go for everyone, including guards; I don’t care that it’s your job. I’m paying the railway company, you’re the employee. And being nice would avoid various fights.

What would you add to the list?

Lydia

XO

 

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