It is impossible to turn on the television, radio, see the social media or go online without hearing about the Covid-19. What is it and can it make your car sick?
This article offers an insight about the dreaded Covid-19 and how to avoid it. In addition, it helps you make informed decisions on what the best practices are to keep your vehicle as clean as possible while reducing the spread.
The Covid-19, in a nutshell, is a new virus as common as a mild illness or cold. First detected in Wuhan, the first infections linked to a live animal market. It spreads quickly from person to person. It is now spreading throughout the world. Most countries have already declared a lockdown to quarantine people and initiated social distancing.
Can my vehicle get sick from the Covid-19?
Nothing will happen to your car, SUV or MPV should the virus get onboard. But if not properly cleaned, your vehicle is vulnerable to it, as are the occupants. It is for this reason that it’s advisable to take bottles of hand sanitizers and packets of disinfecting wipes to wipe down the interior of your car and all other frequently touched areas, every hour. This procedure is most recommended in the case of rental vehicles, ride-sharing vehicles, share cars, share bikes and taxis.
Be sure to not store sanitizer liquid in a large bottle as the heat buildup causes the alcohol in the sanitizer to boil, resulting in an expansion of the bottle. This, in turn, might result in leakage and a mess that wiould require an extensive cleaning effort. It is a better idea to carry a more manageable-sized bottle, that can be on or near your personal effects, whether in the home, office or on the road.
What’s the best way to clean your vehicle?
Alcohol works best in your car’s cabin. It is the cleaner most used by manufacturers of most automotive interiors today. All it takes is a quick wipe to clean most germs and fingerprints. Soap and water work, too. Don’t ever use bleach or hydrogen peroxide and ammonia-based solutions (use for cleaning glass) when cleaning the inside of your car.
Focus the cleaning effort on the steering wheel as it is a hotspot for bacteria and other germs. Don't forget the steering’s switches, paddle shift levers and turn indicator stalks. Other areas in the cabin to clear out are; door panels, center console armrests, display screens, cupholders, cubbyholes and air conditioner vents. Don’t overdo it, but regular cleaning helps to eliminate any germs in your car. Don’t scrub too hard, though, as you might find you are removing some of the surface coatings or dyes.
Wash your hands, after cleaning the car
The car cleaning advice is meant to help keep your vehicle more germ-free than if you left it to fend for itself. No amount of cleaning can guarantee you won’t catch germs, but through these suggestions, you can help to minimize the risk of infection. The added bonus is that your car feels like a brand new ride.