In the wake of the growing coronavirus pandemic, governments around the world are advocating regular cleaning and hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. The COVID-19 virus is known to spread from person-to-person, either through direct contact with infected individuals or through coming into contact with respiratory droplets.
Health organizations like the Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have advocated social distancing as well as regular hygiene such as cleaning regularly touched surfaces. While this can be achieved in a house or office space, it is much harder to practice in a car. This guide will help you take the required precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Time for a Deep Cleaning
If you will be using your car regularly for the next few weeks, you may want to consider cleaning the interior of your car thoroughly. Our handy guide on how to clean your car’s interior will guide your through the process to ensure you have a clean base to prepare your car for proper sanitization.
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This first deep interior cleaning will clean out your interiors completely. This has two positive effects. The cleansing will clean off a lot of residue and junk that has built up in your car and will refresh your car’s interiors. The deep cleaning will also remove any virus residues that may be lurking on the surfaces in your car’s interior.
Sanitize the Surfaces
Once you have thoroughly cleaned the interior of your car, the next step is to sanitize the car to make it safe for you and your passengers. The confined space of the car makes it easy for a virus like the coronavirus to spread among the occupants if proper care is not taken. The coronavirus is known to remain active on hard surfaces for at least 2-3 days on plastic and steel surfaces.
The CDC’s recommendation for cleaning and disinfecting households can be applied to the car as well. When disinfecting surfaces, use a surface disinfectant with isopropyl alcohol to ensure that any viruses are removed properly.
Here’s a list of all the high touch surfaces that should be disinfected with the highest priority:
- Dashboard, Audio System, & Touchscreen: The dashboard and infotainment system are the most touched surfaces in a car. Ensure that this area is cleaned thoroughly using a combination of the interior cleaner and surface disinfectant.
- Steering Wheel & Gear Stick: While the steering wheel and gear stick are surfaces that only the driver touches, it still needs to be disinfected to prevent virus residue from remaining on these surfaces. Use surface disinfectant to disinfect the wheel, gear stick, and buttons on the wheel.
- Door Handles & Window Controls: Both the indoor and outdoor door handles need to be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly as they are surfaces directly used by the occupants.
Keep the Essentials Handy
While you can keep your car disinfected and sanitized, there are some precautions you can take to keep the occupants of the car safe. Create a kit specially for your car that should include the following things:
- Hand sanitizer
- Face masks (in case someone forgets theirs)
- Bottles of water (for each occupant)
- First Aid Kit
This kit will provide the tools to take effective precautions for the coronavirus at your destination and in your car.
However, the best precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to remain at home and limit driving to crowded places as much as possible. Use your car sparingly to travel only when necessary and reduce your (and your car’s) exposure to the coronavirus.