Vote of the week: Do you put your hands in the air on roller coasters?
Written by Robert Niles
The ubiquitous theme park safety spiel is "Please keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times. Mantenga sus manos y brazos dentro del vehículo en todo moment, por favor."Tweet
But walk over to just about any roller coaster, and what do you see?
People failing their hands in the air like they're at a hip-hop concert.
Most coasters I've ridden have posted explicit instructions that you should hold the grab bar when riding. Obviously, parks don't want you to fall out (or climb out) of a coaster while riding, and a firm grip on the grad bar helps ensure that you remain in place. One park last year went so far as to explicit ban raised arms - not for safety reasons, but to keep riders from having to endure others' smelly pits. So you've got that reason, too.
Me? I always hold the grab bar. I like to feel the train while I'm riding, to feel part of the track, and holding the grab bar helps me have more physical contact with the coaster. Others prefer the sense of flying free from that track, which is why they put up their arms and try to minimize contact with the train itself.
So now we've got our vote of the week:
Make your case in the comments, please. And have a great weekend!
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