COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Drivers
Keep Your Vehicle Clean
Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can last on surfaces such as metals, plastics, and cardboard for hours, or even days. As a result, if not properly cleaned, your vehicle is at risk of carrying COVID-19 causing bacteria. To mitigate the risk, we suggest having hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes on hand in your vehicle at all times. You’ll want to focus on ensuring that high-touch areas such as your steering wheel, knobs and buttons, door and trunk handles, window controls, seat belts, etc. are kept especially clean. If you have another person in your vehicle, be sure to wipe down passenger seats, door handles, armrests, seat belts, or any other area that they may have touched.
Advice for Picking Up A New Vehicle, Or Picking Up/Dropping Off Your Vehicle for Service
Because most of our vehicles are registered internally, with plates sent directly to the driver, we recommend that you contact the dealer ahead of time and ask to take delivery outside rather than going into the showroom. It’s also a good idea to bring your own screw driver and install the plates yourself to avoid any potential cross contamination. Take a minute to wipe down any high-touch areas as well before settling in. Make sure that there’s a gas station near by as you’ll likely need to fill up your tank (if you’re having trouble finding an open gas station or service facility, please reach out to Motorlease and we will be happy to assist you in any manner possible).
The same goes for dropping off and picking up your vehicle for service. Avoid any unnecessary exposure by dropping your vehicle off outside. When you go to pick up your vehicle, request it to be left in an outside spot, and have cleaning supplies on hand to wipe down all high-touch areas.
Protect Yourself At the Pump
Gas stations see a large amount of traffic each and every day. As a result, there are a lot of hands touching buttons, credit card slots, and the pump itself. This can result in a potentially dangerous situation if proper precautions aren’t taken. If you have them, consider putting on a pair of latex gloves while at the pump (be sure to throw them away before reentering your vehicle). If not, you may want to consider wiping down any surfaces that you plan on touching with antibacterial wipes. After pumping, be sure to sanitize and/or wash your hands as soon as possible. Doing this will help avoid contracting any germs that may have been lingering from other customers.
Cleaners to Avoid
Not every cleaning product is suitable to be used on the interior of a vehicle. Avoid using bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or ammonia-based products as those chemicals can damage the vinyl and plastics in your vehicle. Also be sure not to use glass cleaner on your touch screens or displays or you run the risk of damaging the anti-glare coating.
Wash Your Hands & Avoid Touching Your Face
While this may seem like a simple suggestion, it’s one of the most basic things that you can do to help avoid contracting COVID-19. Give your hands a thorough (at least 20 seconds) cleaning after touching any surfaces or objects that may have been contacted by others. Additionally, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, as this is one of the most common ways that COVID-19 can infect someone.