Casino Trip Group Planners: Don't Gamble On Your Party's Safety While In-Route

Posted on: 14 January 2016

Are you organizing a group trip to a casino? If so, your number one step is to get your and your traveling companions' transportation squared away. Make sure you enact a plan that keeps everybody safe by following the below four tips for casino travel safety.

1. Go With A Charter Bus

Once inside a casino, honest gamblers are usually safe from crime due to the heavy surveillance casinos employ. Outside the doors of the establishment, however, is a different story. Thieves and pickpockets love casinos because they know that those entering and leaving them are likely to have wads of cash ripe for the picking. The closer your group gets to their destination, the more vulnerable they are to being taken advantage of by one of these criminals. 

Charter buses usually have restrooms while minibuses rarely do. The average daily price difference between a charter and minibus is $140. Even if you don't need the extra space that a charter bus has to offer over a minibus, it's a wise choice to spend the extra $140 just for the restroom; you'll eliminate the possibility of having to take a rest stop in an area where one of the passengers could become the victim of crime.

2. Check Your Charter Service's Safety Rating

There is a really easy way to make sure that you've chosen a safe bus charter service, so there's no excuse not to before you go. All you have to do is call the company and request their DOT number. Next, plug that DOT number into the Department of Transportation's electronic records system. The system will issue you a free report on the charter company that includes the company's identity, its size, its safety record, crash information, and vehicle inspection summaries. 

Most reputable companies also have safety ratings that will turn up in your query. You want a charter service with a satisfactory safety rating -- both an unsatisfactory rating and a conditional rating mean that the company is lacking in safety management controls.

3. Know Your Charter Service's Breakdown Procedure, And Make Your Own

Before departing, find out exactly what procedure your charter service will follow in the event of a breakdown. Are they affiliated with a 24-hour maintenance service? Will another bus come and pick your group up if you experience a breakdown that lasts a significant amount of time? If so, how much time will be allowed to pass before another bus is sent for your group? Ask these questions to ensure your charter service's breakdown plan is solid, and then do your own planning.

Vegas has a desert climate with high temperatures and low humidity. If you'll be traveling to a casino there, you'll want to make sure that you've got a supply of water on the bus that you can offer your group in the event of a breakdown.

Casinos in the Northeastern United States, however, may be located in areas that receive a great amount of cold weather (the average low temperature in Atlantic City in January is just 24 degrees Fahrenheit). If you'll be traveling to a casino in this region, you'll want at least a few blankets on board to offer older people or small children who may be more affected by cold weather in the event of a breakdown. Gather all the information you can about the area you'll be traveling to, and use that information to build a plan that will keep your team safe and comfortable if they need to spend some time in a bus on the side of the road.

As a group coordinator, it's up to you to make sure that your group stays safe not just at the casino, but on the way there, too. Use the above tips to make sure your party has the safety travel experience possible on their way to the casino. Contact a company like Pacific Coachways Charter Services for more information.


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