Covid-19 and your car

Pretoria News - - DRIVE 360 - PRITESH RUTHUN

THE world is un­set­tled. Coro­n­avirus has put many busi­nesses on the back foot and while most com­pa­nies have im­ple­mented work-from-home poli­cies to re­duce the spread of the pan­demic, the truth is that the trans­port and lo­gis­tics sec­tor can­not work from home. Driv­ers in par­tic­u­lar are at great risk of con­tract­ing Covid-19 and it is there­fore crit­i­cal that com­pa­nies in­volved in the sec­tor do their best to keep driv­ers (and re­ceivers) as safe as pos­si­ble.

Driv­ers in B2B and B2C will find the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion use­ful, while if you run a fleet, you’ll want to take heed of the ad­vice too.

KEEP THINGS CLEAN

We have to start by say­ing it again: wash those hands and keep contact points sani­tised.

A rigid pol­icy of sani­tis­ing your hands ev­ery time you en­ter or leave a build­ing or come into contact with an­other per­son is im­por­tant, says man­ag­ing direc­tor of MasterDriv­e Eu­gene Her­bert.

He ex­plains, though, washing alone may not be ef­fec­tive enough: “If you were to sani­tise your hands in the car af­ter an in­ter­ac­tion with some­one, by the time you do this, you could po­ten­tially have brought the virus into the car al­ready.”

En­sur­ing your ve­hi­cle re­mains sani­tised should be done in a num­ber of steps:

1) Wash your hands for 20 each trip.

2) If you re­ceive stock or other items dur­ing the day, spray or wipe it down with dis­in­fec­tant as well as any ar­eas other peo­ple may have been in contact with upon col­lec­tion.

3) Con­sider us­ing rub­ber gloves when items are handed to you di­rectly.

4) Ideally, try to wash and sani­tise your hands when leav­ing, but if you do not have ac­cess to hand-washing fa­cil­i­ties, just sani­tise them.

5) Keep a plas­tic bag that you can place items like used gloves into and carefully dis­pose of this at the end of each day.

6) At the end of your shift or er­rand, dis­in­fect the car so that ei­ther your­self or a co-driver can use the car with peace of mind.

The ar­eas that need to be cleaned with an al­co­hol-based dis­in­fec­tant in­clude the door, door han­dles, dash­board, steer­ing wheel, gear shift lever, hand­brake, ra­dio, in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, arm rests and the seat.

Do not for­get ar­eas you or some­one else may have touched such as the levers con­trol­ling items like in­di­ca­tors, the rear-view mir­ror, the levers that move the seats and even fuel cards.

If some­one trav­els with you for a short pe­riod, do not for­get to sani­tise any­thing they have touched on their exit. sec­onds be­fore leav­ing on

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