HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING BY CAR DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
"Disinfect all the surfaces you touch before and after the journey, especially if you’re sharing the car with someone or gave someone a lift."
The whole world is affected by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic. The simplest advice on how to stay safe is to stay home.
But what if you have to go somewhere by car? Follow this advice
The main rule is to minimise contact with others. But if a journey has to be made, protect yourself. “Ideally don’t go anywhere. If you have to go somewhere, go alone – don’t share the car with anyone. If you have to go with someone, make sure that the person does not have acute symptoms of respiratory illness. Use a respirator or at least a facemask. Make sure you have the contact details of all the other passengers so that you can track them down if you find out you’re infected,”
How to Disinfect CoronaVirus in Car?
If you can’t avoid coming into contact with others and going somewhere by car, pay thorough attention to preventive hygiene measures. “Disinfect all the surfaces you touch before and after the journey, especially if you’re sharing the car with someone or gave someone a lift,”
Parts of the interior you should disinfect
- Steering Wheel
- Door Handles
- Touch Screen
- Steering Column Stalks (Indicators, Wipers, Cruise Control)
- Elbow Rests
- Seat Position Controls
- Door Frame
The best thing to use to disinfect the car interior is isopropyl alcohol and a micro-fiber cloth
Take this cleaning very seriously: disinfecting the steering wheel, gearstick, handbrake, door handles, radio and infotainment controls would occur to everyone, but don’t forget the stalks on the steering column (indicators and windscreen wipers, cruise control), elbow rests, seat position controls, door frames and exterior door handles or luggage compartment handle. These principles are even more important for taxi drivers and other drivers who transport passengers.
What should you use to disinfect the car?
The Consumer Reports organisation, for example, advises using some of the cleaning products you already have at home. At least seventy percent alcohol solution is effective against coronavirus, and isopropyl alcohol won’t do the main surfaces in your car any harm. In fact, it’s what carmakers and their subcontractors use to disinfect parts. To increase your peace of mind, Consumer Reports says you can use alcohol to wipe down the seat upholstery and other soft surfaces in the car. But be careful not to soak them through.
Alcohol should not damage either leather or imitation leather upholstery, but excessively intensive cleaning with alcohol can discolour the material: so don’t scrub the seats and other leather surfaces too hard. After cleaning, though, leather surfaces in the car should be treated with leather protection products.
Parts of the exterior you should disinfect
- Door Handles
- Door Frame
- Luggage Compartment Handle
Also, disinfect any parts of the exterior you touch-mainly the exterior door handles or luggage compartment handle. These principles are most important for taxi drivers and other drivers who transport passengers.
Facemasks protect others
Especially if you are traveling with passengers and one of them is at risk of having come into contact with an infected person, use protective gear, meaning facemasks and respirators. A classic fabric facemask won’t protect the wearer against the virus, but it can significantly reduce the risk of the wearer infecting others. So even a basic facemask is a sign of consideration towards the others in the car and can reduce the risk of infection.
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