Ahh, summer… that time of year when temperatures take liberty, teenage girls flaunt their rears in ridiculously skimpy clothing and wasps and bees gatecrash absolutely everyone’s picnics…

But by far and away the biggest problem with the season is to be felt onboard the bus home. You see, as young people, we tend to find hopping on the bus is unavoidable and as such condemn ourselves – twice a day – to the draining punishment of being cooked inside what is essentially a moving greenhouse.

There’s been many a time when I’ve felt as though I’m going to slump down in my seat as a consequence of the searing heat. Unfortunately, though, there’s not much we can really do about it, especially since most of the windows are in the control of your fellow passengers and, trust me, it’s one of the most awkward social situations, trying to open someone else’s window.

Of course, there are ways to minimise the discomfort. First of all, avoid the front seat on the top deck as you’re practically surrounded by glass and I can assure you that the sun will not show any mercy. Perhaps the best spot to sit in is right by the doors, mainly because you will benefit from a dash of fresh air every time somebody gets off. Finally, if the bus is busy, it might be worth letting it drive by because being trapped inside a sweaty, odorous mob of disgruntled commuters and boisterous teenagers truly is the most intolerable experience imaginable.

If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in this article, please….

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