Motorists have been offered guidance to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and maintain good hygiene levels when driving cars and vans.
Motoring experts from Lease Van have released six pieces of important advice to help drivers maintain good health and personal hygiene while in their vehicles.
If drivers are using vehicles to do essential outings, such as travel to work, picking up shopping, or attending medical appointments then they should stay alert to the dangers.
From keeping hand sanitiser in the glovebox, to wiping surfaces regularly, there are certain steps vehicle owners should take to minimise the spread of germs.
This guidance could help those who spend a lot of time behind the wheel steer clear of any virus or health condition that could harm their health.
Tim Alcock from Lease Van said: “Many people are keeping each other safe and not using cars too much during the current pandemic. But COVID-19 has given us a newfound focus on hygiene, and rightly so. If people can get into the routine of regular vehicle cleaning and sanitising, then they are giving themselves the best chance of protection from the virus. Sensible vehicle hygiene offers many benefits in regular life, as it can help avoid catching a cold or worse. So, we’ve put together a series of six top tips to help motorists steer clear of possible illness.”
1. Keep hand sanitiser in the vehicle
Keep an alcohol-based antibacterial hand sanitiser gel in the glove box of your vehicle. This allows you to maintain proper hand hygiene and clean any bacteria from your hands before they touch anything.
2. Wipe surfaces regularly
To stop bacteria building up, surfaces including the steering wheel, gear stick, door handles and dashboard should be wiped clean frequently. Seeing as these are major ‘touch points’, they should be cleaned often, especially if the vehicle is shared between multiple drivers.
3. Wear gloves when filling up
Most petrol stations provide free disposable gloves. Drivers are asked to take advantage of these to prevent any grime or bacteria touching their hands when refuelling their vehicles.
4. Allow fresh air in
Breathing in too much recycled air from air-conditioning doesn’t help your respiratory system, so drivers on long journeys should wind their windows down occasionally to allow fresh air to circulate through the vehicle.
5. Try to minimise travel with unwell people
The confined environment of a car or van can be a prime location for catching illnesses and viruses off friends and family. So, drivers should try to steer clear of offering lifts to anyone they know is under the weather, and even more so in current circumstances.
6. Catch coughs and sneezes, but not in your hands
Drivers should cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue, their inner elbow or inside the collar of their shirt, rather than into their hands or completely unprotected – both of which can spread harmful bacteria.
It’s never recommended to take a hand off the steering wheel for longer than necessary or if road conditions mean doing so could be dangerous though.