With the progress of society and science and technology, China's railway is also developing rapidly. The coming of the era of high-speed rail has greatly improved our living and working efficiency.
Studies show that trains are as safe as planes in terms of the number of deaths and the duration of each trip, but cars are 3 times safer than planes in terms of deaths and trips, and trains are 6 times safer than planes. Either way, trains are the world's safest least carbon-friendly means of transport. Travel should try to choose to take the train, but we should pay attention to safety, when there is an emergency, to use scientific methods to save yourself. This article will focus on where is the safest place to sit on a train.
Where Is The Safest Place to Sit by Train?
Unsafe seats on the train should be seen from a relative point of view. If a rear-end collision occurs, the two carriages before and after the train are the least safe. If a folding derailment occurs, then either carriage is not safe.
It is generally believed that the head of a train is the most dangerous place to be in a head-on collision, while the rear carriage is the most dangerous in a rear-end collision. But in fact, a derailment is nine times more likely than a crash or rear-end collision.
Foreign professional agencies found that between 2005 and 2014, there were about 13,200 derailments, compared with about 1,450 crashes and rear-end collisions. Research has shown that broken tracks or welding joints are the main causes of derailments, and derailments are mostly caused near the front of the train, foreign websites reported. In general, it's probably safest to choose one or two cars farther back in the middle of the train, experts said in interviews. The professor said aisle seats are safer than window seats, because window passengers are more likely to hit broken glass or be thrown out of the car. Safety experts also recommend choosing seats that are in the opposite direction from the train's direction of travel, as this makes it less likely to be thrown forward in the event of a crash. Trains are more likely to collide sideways than head-on or rear-end. If the train has a dining car, it's best to avoid staying there for too long, as rigid dining tables can become dangerous if the train stops suddenly or crashes, foreign news websites reported.
Take a train, especially one that is moving at high speed, and don't walk back and forth or stay in the car connections for long periods. When the collision happens, you should tightly hold the shelf and other solid objects around. When the train stops, break the glass in time to escape.
Other Safety Tips for Taking Trains
- Line up outside the platform security line: If people cross the safety line, when a train passes through the platform, the air velocity between people and the train becomes faster, the pressure becomes smaller, and people will be "sucked" to the train under the action of the pressure difference. Especially on rainy days, do not hold an umbrella to stand within the safety line, otherwise, the consequences will be unthinkable.
- No smoking: Due to the fast speed and airtight structure of high-speed trains, once a fire occurs, the consequences are unimaginable. Therefore, passengers who smoke are advised to exercise restraint and not to smoke on any part of the train, so as not to trigger the automatic emergency brake and cause unnecessary trouble.
- Pay attention to the gap: If your car is located at both ends of the train, it will remind you to pay attention to the gap between the train and the platform when getting on and off the train, so as not to fall and hurt yourself.
- Passengers who use laptops should keep a distance from the seats in front of them to prevent the laptops from being squeezed or damaged when they adjust the seat angle.
1. Portugal high-speed train derailment
Two people were dead, at least 50 injured and nine seriously injured when a high-speed train (Alfa Pendular) carrying 282 passengers collided with a railway maintenance vehicle and derailed in Coimbra, Portugal, at 15:30 local time on July 31, 2020.
2. Train derails in Spain
A train falls off an overpass onto the tracks and collides with a moving passenger train in Zamora, Spain, June 2, 2020.The accident killed one of the train's drivers, injured another and killed the driver of the car. There were 155 passengers on the train.
3. Australian train derailment
On the night of February 20, 2020, an Australian XPT train with 153 passengers on board derailed, killing the driver and co-pilot. The train was carrying about 200 passengers when it derailed near the town of Wallan, about 45 kilometers north of Melbourne.