Despite government containment efforts, the coronavirus continues to spread. As the spread risk continues. No community is more at risk than the rideshare community. Even though the CDC has issued health guidelines to help reduce your chances of contracting the virus. You can still do more to protect yourself and your passengers.
Items to carry in your vehicle
You might want to consider carrying the following items in your vehicle:
- A can have disinfectant spray
- Disinfectant wipes and disposable wipes that you can hand out to your passengers.
- Liquid hand soap and sanitizer
- A box of tissues for face and hands as well.
- A box of rubber gloves
- A respirator mask – Just make sure that the mask is in 95 rated and not a cheap imitation.
You’ll find these items useful because you never know how far germs travel, especially in a vehicle. Now let’s take a look at the different ways you can clean your vehicle.
What to clean in your vehicle
You want to start your day by thoroughly cleaning all of the outside door handles of the vehicle. This reduces the risk of you carrying germs into the vehicle.
You should wipe down the seatbelt buckle and strap for all seatbelts that were used in the vehicle by either you or your passengers. You shouldn’t assume that just because a seatbelt wasn’t used that it wasn’t touched by someone.
You should also write down the seatbelt locking mechanism. You should wipe down all sides of the locking mechanism, including the release button. You should wipe down any part of the locking mechanism that the passenger has access to.
The steering wheel and dashboard are usually the most frequently touch parts of the vehicle. You should be extra thorough and cleaning this part of the vehicle. Make sure that you wipe down the steering wheel steering column, turn signal and windshield wiper levers, the dashboard and display panel and any other buttons knobs or switches.
Lastly, don’t forget the gearshift. What’s your wipe down is complete. Be sure to use your hand sanitizer throughout the day to cut down on the risk of introducing germs back into the vehicle.
You should also be sure to wipe down your cell phone, especially if you’re taking it in and out of the vehicle on a frequent basis.
Be sure to wipe down the interior of all doors inside the vehicle. This means all door handles window buttons, cupholders, and armrests.
This should be done as often as possible, especially if you recently transported someone who may have been ill. Remember, your goal is to minimize the risk of germs being spread inside of your vehicle.
If you’re picking up a passenger with luggage, you should be extra cautious about handling the luggage, especially if they’re returning from a trip from out of town. Wipe down all handles and straps before they place the luggage in your vehicle.
You should wipe down your trunk lid and spray the interior of your trunk with disinfected spray anytime you utilize the trunk to transport anything.
When time permits, you should spray the interior of your vehicle with Disinfectant Spray as often as you can.
If you remember to use these tips, it can help make your driving experience safer and less stressful. You should also make every effort to stay current on all relevant public health information. For the most up to date information visit the Center for Disease Control website.