Keeping your car safe during COVID-19

Right now, it’s more than ever to keep the environment around us clean and safe to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. From personal hygiene to spring cleaning the house, we should also be making sure that when travel is essential, our vehicles are clean and hygienic.

We all know that keeping our vehicles clean is easier said than done, but sometimes we don’t realise just how many surfaces we touch before, during and after our journeys.

From grabbing the car keys to opening the doors, turning the steering wheel to changing gear, the more we touch means more exposure to dirt, germs and bacteria. Eating, drinking and having passengers means more mess left behind, from crumbs and droplets, fingerprints and loose dirt settling in our cars.

Prepare for your travel

If your travel is essential, plan a route and ensure you have everything you may need beforehand. Although the roads could be quieter in some areas, other places, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, could be busier, so take extra precautions and think of others whilst you are out and about.

Because COVID-19 is a new virus, it is not known exactly how it is spread, so it’s important to keep surface areas clean. You may want to consider packing tissues, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes to safeguard your vehicle. Where possible, try and limit those travelling with you, especially those most at risk, and don’t travel with anyone outside of your household.

Hygiene and safety

Before leaving the house, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. If you have a pack of anti-bacterial wipes handy, clean your steering wheel, gear stick, hand brake and centre console, disposing of the wipes after use and using an anti-bacterial gel on your hands.

If it’s necessary to have passengers with you, including children, ensure their hands, mouths and noses are clean before getting in the vehicle. Have tissues and anti-bacterial gel in the car in case anyone needs to cough or sneeze. It may also be a good idea to have one of the windows down slightly, to let fresh air move around the vehicle.

Once you’re back from your journey, make sure your interior and exterior door handles are wiped down and your car keys are also clean before putting back. Once you’re back inside, repeat washing your hands thoroughly.

Cleaning checklist

To stop the spread of germs and bacteria, we’ve created a handy check list.

These are the 30 areas of your vehicle you should be cleaning regularly to stop the spread of unwanted germs and bacteria:

  1. Keys
  2. Exterior door handles
  3. Interior door handles
  4. Steering wheel and horn
  5. Gear stick or gear shift
  6. Power button
  7. Hand brake
  8. Indicators, windscreen and light instruments
  9. Dashboard
  10. Air-vents
  11. Heating controls
  12. Stereo or multimedia screen
  13. Glovebox handle
  14. Centre compartments
  15. Door storage
  16. Seatbelts
  17. Seat adjustment buttons
  18. Head rests
  19. Seat storage
  20. Cupholders
  21. Grab handle
  22. Rear view mirror
  23. Sun visor
  24. Windows
  25. Window buttons or handle
  26. Fuel cap and screw top
  27. Boot buttons or handles
  28. Parcel shelf
  29. Bonnet button or lever
  30. Bonnet lid

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, make sure you stay at home. Instead, ask a family member or friend to help you with things you may need.

There’s more advice on COVID-19, including travel issues and general information here.

 
 

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