So, what do we mean by public transportation? Well, for this article we are focusing on buses whether used for the daily commute or just to get around. If any thought about leaving your car at home has ever crossed your mind, well read on. More reasons here.

    Most of the road traffic congestions witnessed in our roads across various cities around East Africa are all attributed to the use of private vehicles and the notion of everyone wanting to use their own personal cars for privacy and comfort. At the same time, we keep complaining about traffic jams.
A photo of Ugandan buses. Credit: Ugabus Media Department

If we are serious about addressing the problem, then we should often opt for buses. Recent research indicated that a full carriage bus in a public transport system is equivalent to about 55 cars on the road with one occupant. So, if we could all use buses, we’ll probably be decongesting more than 50 cars on the road.

    Greenhouse gas pollution is ever on the rise in East Africa and that’s the reason towns, organizations, and environmentalists advocate for emission reduction techniques. By using a bus, you’ll be able to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions by more than half. Research has proved that only three to eight people on a public transport bus are able to cut emissions by half compared to an individual using a personal car by himself or herself.

East Africa is currently moving toward being environmentally conscious and for this reason; you can join the rest of East Africa’s agents for change by simply using buses for your journeys. As advocated by environmentalists as well as climate change experts, the use of public transport particularly buses can fundamentally help in cutting greenhouse gases by half. You will also be helping in reducing the devastating environmental impacts such as global warming caused by the rise in temperatures after the depletion of the sun’s ozone layer.

    With buses, you’ll be able to have your own time, take a nap, avoid the road rage, and get out of the pressures of driving your own private car. During the journey, you can also read or just enjoy the view which will help in boosting your dopamine hormones and reducing your stress levels.
    Furthermore, using a bus to travel helps you unwind. At the end of your journey, you’ll definitely have moments to recall and reflect on.

The use of buses will ensure you have to walk more often between the bus parks and places you’ll be boarding the buses. With such kind of activity, you are ensured of some extra physical activity in your frequent travel routines.
The payoff includes improved personal health in terms of exercising your muscles, crucial organs like the heart and lungs Walking, in particular, has been proven to relax the mind and improve one’s mental health. Consequently, walking in between your bus routines aids in improving your mental health and physical well-being.

    Using buses in East Africa can save you up to four times the money you use commuting in your private or personal car. The regular use of your personal car will require the costs of maintenance and other additional charges such as parking fees and speeding fines. By using buses, you’ll be able to save all the money directed to such miscellaneous expenses of using a personal vehicle.
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One in every major season or holiday must-have buses offering tickets on discount for example during the Christmas season and back to school seasons. This is an advantage you’ll only get to enjoy if you frequently use the buses.
One can further save some money if they book tickets via the Ugabus App since all the fares of the different buses are discounted. Also, some of the ticket discounts come inclusive of return fares which reduce your overall spending on travel.

    You get a chance to meet new faces and also get acquainted with the various cultures, norms, and ways of living. If you opt for a bus, it means you’ll have the chance to get to learn the nature of different people.
    And besides all that, you definitely have 100% chances of making new and interesting friends.

Sometimes you even get to witness how quirky bus drivers can be! This is an awesome experience especially for those who are inclined towards learning belief systems and just out to have fun. For instance, some bus drivers may have the interior of the buses creatively painted with very bright and weird colors. Some of them even bring their religion into the buses by having personalized shrines such as honoring Allah, Jesus, or Virgin Mary. Some may also bring family pictures.

In addition, the buses oftentimes connect to the most important sights of cities and towns and provide the traveler with the opportunity to view the most exclusive settings such as parks, hills, forests, rivers, and lakes among others. By traveling by bus, you’ll be able to have some of the most memorable and rewarding views.

    If you have to use a #bus, you’ll have to plan your travel in advance. What most people do not know is that by planning your travel, it makes you a frugal traveler. In other words, it will help in reducing your expenses and overall wastage in general because you’ll not be overwhelmed with last-minute purchase or rushes which may have you incur additional travel costs.

An advance plan for your travel gives you the opportunity as well as enough time to find better places to live in. Finding the best place to live when you are traveling is one of the most important tasks. Such decisions cannot be taken by assuming the first one as the best one. You need to research a lot to find the best among all the options available. Advance planning only gives you adequate time for the research.

If you are going to a town or district where you haven’t been before then it is always beneficial to build a trusted network before you arrive there. If you plan in advance, you will have enough time to do research on the place. One can even find people from that particular place on the bus and interact with them to have better preparation for the place. Such a trusted network with the local people is not less than an asset of yours while you are away from home.

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