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In You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan collaborated in an amusing romantic comedy where they’ve spent months correlating by email. They are buddies over the Internet, and both of them look forward to every letter. But. They do not know that the person they adore in the virtual world is actually their enemy in the real one. Ultimately, however, just as in Sleepless in Seattle, they turn out to be getting together and things work out.

In one of their lighter exchanges, Joe Fox (Hanks’ character) says this: “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people who have no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions, just to buy one cup of coffee. People who don’t know what … they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee, but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall!

Though this is kind of an oblivious, charming comment, it actually illustrates something that’s pretty basic: as people, we understand choices, and we definitely have preferences. Do you like your coffee bare bones? Do you prefer some sweetener? Cream? With vanilla? Caramel? Cold? Hot? Even down to small, seemingly unimportant decisions each day, we are certain about what we like and we choose accordingly.

And if that’s true of coffee, it’s surely true with things of more import. We may decide to buy organic, locally-raised beef, because we are opposed about the meat industry at large. We opt to follow traffic rules and warning signs because we ‘d like to live another day, and we follow prescription recommendations to ascertain our medicinal intake levels are safe. Because consumer reports and product testing point out that one is safer than others that are on the market, we may acquire a certain brand of car seat. And we take these kinds of factors into consideration all the time, prioritizing our safety and preferences based on what we know (or don’t know, for that matter).

You aren’t the one behind the wheel. And while motorcoach safety is undoubtedly one of the safest forms of transportation out there, you don’t have to just trust what we say.

Did you find out that you can examine the safety rating of motorcoach companies? By visiting http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx, you can get information that will help you choose your safest bet. With their name, USDOT number, or MC/MX number, you can access a company’s inspection and crash records, and see their overall safety rating as well. This additional link will help you find that information, if you’re not sure where to get a company’s DOT number or MC/MX number: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/look-you-book/research-bus-safety.

We pride ourselves on putting in priority the safety of our passengers, and this appears by the emphasis we put on vehicle maintenance, regular inspections, driver requirements, and our compliance with safety standards. But hey … like we said, you don’t have to go off of what we say. You can figure out for yourself, enabling you to make a transportation choice you can feel good about!

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