To be honest, the global coronavirus pandemic is proving to be deadlier than anyone could have thought. In India as well, things have escalated quite quickly. The lockdown seems to be showing results but what if you have to travel in case of an emergency? What do you need to do? How to keep you and your vehicle virus-free?
Recently, ŠKODA, the prominent car maker from the Czech Republic released information for everyone who happens to be stepping out inevitably. Jana Parmová, the Chief physician at ŠKODA, outlined the basic tips, “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.”
He added, “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.”
Here are the cleanliness process you need to follow
If it’s not possible to avoid coming into contact with others and going somewhere by car, then you need to pay thorough attention to the preventive hygiene protocols. “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,” Doctor Parmová says.
Interior parts that should be disinfected
While travelling in the car, follow the instructions diligently and disinfect the steering wheel, gear lever, handbrake, door handles, music player, and infotainment controls. Apart from that also thoroughly clean the indicators and windscreen wiper stalks on the steering column, armrests, seat control buttons, door frames, and exterior door handles since these areas are touched frequently.
How should you disinfect the car?
The Consumer Reports organization suggests that at least 70 percent alcohol solution is effective against coronavirus. Applying isopropyl alcohol doesn’t harm the surface texture of the vehicle. Consumer Reports also suggest using alcohol for wiping down the seat upholstery and soft-touch surfaces in the car. Just make sure that no surface or component should be soaked in alcohol.