We have some tips to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and maintain good hygiene levels when driving cars and vans
LeaseVan.co.uk have released six pieces of important advice to help drivers maintain good health and personal hygiene while in their vehicles. If you 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.
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. We advise drivers 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.
2nd November 2020