Using an escalator is something many people experience every single day. However, depending on where someone lives, escalators may be fairly rare in their area. Additionally, the size of escalators can vary from one part of the country to another.
That’s why it’s a good idea for everyone to learn the basic rules of escalator etiquette. Understanding how you should behave on an escalator doesn’t just ensure those around you don’t become upset or frustrated. In many cases, it can also ensure a safer experience for everyone.
Don’t Block Both Sides
Again, some escalators can range in size. People who live in areas where most escalators are narrow may not be accustomed to escalators in cities. These are often wide enough to accommodate two lanes of people.
If you’re travelling with others, don’t make the mistake of blocking both sides of an escalator if it is wide enough for two lanes. You need to ensure one side is open for people who may be in a rush. Even if you don’t need to be anywhere soon, you can’t be certain the same goes for the people behind you.
Don’t Stop at the Top or Bottom of the Escalator
Stopping to get your bearings when you’re visiting a new city or country is natural. There will be instances during these trips when you need to step aside to check directions.
However, some people stop to get their bearings after reaching the top or bottom of an escalator. This creates an unsafe situation. Anyone standing behind them on the escalator can’t stop themselves from continuing to move forward. If someone is in their way, they’ll bump into them. This could harm many people if the escalator was particularly crowded. Whenever you get to the top or bottom of an escalator, keep walking to provide space for the other riders to exit.
Just as you shouldn’t block one lane of the escalator by standing directly next to someone, you shouldn’t block a lane with a large luggage bag or similar item.
You also need to be certain you have a grip on your luggage. You don’t want to be the person who suddenly stops at the top or bottom of the escalator because you need to pick up your luggage.
Escalator etiquette is so important because escalators play such a significant role in the daily lives of people throughout the world. That’s why we at Euro Lifts are proud to supply and install quality escalators for customers across the UK. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us on our website today.