Do you know how to keep a safe and healthy in-car environment? Do you know that there are services designed to make your car ownership easier and more convenient, especially during the coronavirus pandemic? Would you like to know more about how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe while using your vehicle?
If so, then read on and find out how you can still enjoy your vehicle while maintaining a clean and safe environment for everyone who uses your car.
From enlisting the help of a convenient petrol delivery service to strictly practising car safety and health precautions, owning a vehicle in the time of COVID-19 can still be an enjoyable experience.
Car Use Amid a Pandemic
The onslaught of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has brought the world to a skidding halt. As a consequence, governments have implemented community quarantines and nationwide lockdowns. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect to help curb the spread of the virus.
If you are a car owner, chances are you will find your vehicle stranded in your garage or car park. Mobility and transportation have been reduced except for the transport of essential goods or ferrying a key worker to and from their place of service.
Some areas, jurisdictions, or territories have lifted or relaxed restrictions regarding mobility and transportation, which means that more people have begun to use their vehicles for conducting their business.
However, this does not mean that people should go back to how it used to be before COVID-19 hit. There is a new normal that people must now learn to adapt to. Being carefree, or worse, lazy about observing proper health and safety protocols, can lead to dire results.
That is why it is ideal for car owners to practise responsible vehicle ownership, which entails more than just observing traffic rules. These include accessing car services that will ensure the cleanliness of your vehicle and subscribing to contactless vehicle services, so you can make sure you experience a safe and rewarding drive in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some car ownership tips that will help you transition to the new normal:
1. Ensure responsible car use
First and foremost, avoid using your car when you are ill. It is best to stay home when you have a mild cough or a fever that exceeds 37.3°C.
This will prevent others from catching what ailment you may have. Individuals such as children, the elderly, people with disabilities or weak immune systems, or those with a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus should limit their travel. If possible, limit the number of passengers to only those who absolutely need to go out.
You and other persons who use your car should also practise proper respiratory etiquette while inside the car. If sneezing or coughing, one’s mouth should be covered with the sleeve of their shirt or a tissue that must be properly disposed of after use. Make sure to keep a trash bin in your car to avoid litter.
Avoid touching surfaces and your face. Practise hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before using your car. When you arrive at your destination, wash your hands again, or use a hand rub or sanitiser with at least 60 per cent alcohol.
When parked inside a building, open the car windows to ventilate your vehicle, even just momentarily.
2. Clean and disinfect your vehicle
You should also practise the regular cleaning and disinfect your car. Clear any visible trash inside your vehicle. You can also use soap and water to wipe or wash off the dust, grime, or mud from both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
Disinfecting your vehicles requires the use of EPA-registered household disinfectants. You can also use homemade bleach solutions, but make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding formulation, application, and proper ventilation.
Also, make sure you use it on appropriate surfaces or materials to avoid damage. Disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door handles, gear sticks or paddle shifters, knobs, and buttons. Don’t forget to disinfect electronic devices inside your car, such as touchscreen consoles or navigation devices.
If you want to be sure that your vehicle is properly sanitised, you can also call for professional car cleaning services. In addition to having your car exterior cleaned and polished to an impressive shine using top-notch materials like microfiber towels, car wax and clay bar, you can also get your interiors thoroughly disinfected. With interior vacuuming, and with the car’s carpets, windows, panels and upholstery sanitised via an interior anti-bacterial process, your car can become 99.9% bacteria- and virus-free.
All you need to do is schedule an appointment with a trusted car wash service provider, and the car wash crew will arrive at the set date and time, leaving our vehicle exceptionally clean and safe for your use.
3. Subscribe to a petrol delivery service
It will be highly ideal if you can also subscribe to touchless services such as using an online payment system or having your fuel delivered to you anytime, anywhere.
You can practise social distancing and avoid touching surfaces by using a petrol delivery service. Studies have shown that the average petrol handle, as well as the buttons you push, are rife with germs and are even dirtier than a toilet seat. To avoid this, you can simply download a petrol delivery app on your phone, sign up and register your vehicle, and make your order.
You can park your car outdoors, leave the fuel cap open, and a dedicated petrol delivery pilot will deliver and refuel your vehicle at your home or workplace. Rest assured that they are following strict health and safety guidelines such as wearing a mask and gloves while filling up your car. Your car fuel cap will also be thoroughly sanitised. Payment will also be contactless since you can easily transact online using your credit or debit card.
Safe and Healthy Driving
These days, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
When you want to enjoy many miles of safe and comfortable driving, you will do well to observe health protocols.
Practising good hygiene, having your car cleaned and disinfected, and subscribing to contactless petrol delivery are some of the things you can do to protect you and yours from getting sick.
Antonio Al Asmar
Antonio is currently the General Manager at CAFU. Passionate about innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, Antonio is responsible for identifying growth opportunities for the company, overseeing budgets and coordinating business operations.
Prior to joining CAFU, where he has been since the company’s inception in 2018, Antonio had been working as a Senior Engagement Manager at Delta Partners in Dubai where his work focused on supporting clients in emerging markets across the Telecoms, Media and Digital sector and as a Program Manager at SETSintl in Beirut, where he was involved in major development projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition, Antonio has worked in junior roles for Value Partners Management Consultancy and A.T. Kearney.
Antonio holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Management Engineering both from the American University of Beirut.