By now everyone should know that the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended amidst the Covid-19 pandemic frenzy. The MCO has been enforced as some 40,000 police and armed forces personnel around the country are tasked to reprimand people who doesn’t abide the rules. But, it doesn’t mean you can’t drive out and continue your activities in your car…
This article offers a thorough advice on steps to make your ride as clean as possible and prevent from the dreaded Covid-19. Understand that bacteria picked up in public places are blic places are deposited on your keys, door handles and steering wheel, just to name a few. These are the items in your car that are often overlooked ‘hot spots’.
As more and more countries are on high alert about the pandemic, we all must do our part and be vigilant on everything, including keeping our cars clean, as we work towards successful containment.
Let’s start with the interior of the car, the ‘dirtiest’ surface in your vehicle is the steering. The steering has four times more germs than a public restroom’s toilet seat and six times dirtier than smartphone screens. What does this mean? It means that the steering is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses to thrive. What do you do? Sanitize your car’s steering, like you’d do with a hand sanitizer, every time, before and after each journey.
Next up, the petrol or gas tank and everyone fuels up on a daily basis. But, most people don’t think twice before grabbing the pump. Do you know that the fuel pump handle is highly contaminated with bacteria? The pumps have several thousand times more bacteria than the common household toilet seat, according a reseatch study.
As a previous article has tabulated about sanitizing your car. This article goes more in-depth on the specific surfaces to sanitize inside and outside your car, with soap and water, solvents and solutions containing 60% alcohol.
The items inside your car to sanitize:
- Car keys & fobs
- Door handles
- Steering wheels
- Gear shift
- Multimedia system, touchscreen, radio
- Buttons, switches & dials
- Seat belts, car seats
- Smart phone holders
- Boot carriers
- Car mats
When it comes to the exterior. Do wash your car once a week and give it a good shampoo scrub, and don’t forget the wheels and tyres too. Carry a sanitizer with you at all times to be used when needed, especially when touching surfaces such as:
- Fuel pumps
- Key pads
- Public charging stations
- Parking meters
- Toll booths
- Drive-through windows
- If you take Grab or taxi rides, trains and buses
For payments and such, opt for using credit/debit cards or e-wallet instead of cash.
Lastly, we all must do our part as prevention is the key to keeping ourselves free from the dreaded virus.