As we enter the second week of the Restricted Movement, an urgent precaution is taken into consideration to ensure the health of everybody by the Malaysian Government. A new ruling has decreed that only one member per household is able to go out and purchase necessities.
People in this country has finally realized that the Covid-19 widespread is real and they are refraining from going out. The streets are empty, as are the usual hotspots and public places. Many are required to work remotely, while certain corporations have been hit hard by this pandemic with forced temporary layoffs.
We could still do our part in this prevention and quarantine period. Observe the health tips imposed by the CDC. For vehicle owners, here are some simple steps to help keep Covid at bay without having to wear a full protective outerwear.
There are people who are still required to attend to matters outdoors. This is where social distancing comes to play. Social distancing simply means keeping a safe distance away from other people if you’re not in self-isolation or quarantine and includes measures such as not shaking hands and staying about 6-feet away from other people.
A car is a good way to maintain social distance compared to public transport if you’re by yourself, but it’s a different story if you have to drive other people around or need to ride with someone else, particularly if you’re an e-hailing driver.
If you have to be in a car with other people, avoid physical contact with other occupants such as shaking hands, and if you have to sneeze or cough do it into a tissue or into your arm behind the elbow and away from anyone else.
If you're catching a taxi or e-hailing car, sit in the back seat where possible for better separation from the driver. Services that use an app for payment are good as it requires no physical interaction between driver and passenger.
If you have to handle cash, use hand sanitizer when you get out of the car and wash your hands at the first available opportunity. Be sure to avoid touching your face directly after being inside.
And, it goes without saying, don’t drive if you’re feeling sick and avoid fetching anyone who’s ill or has symptoms.
If you’re driving people around it’s a good idea to regularly sanitize your vehicle’s surfaces, especially hard surfaces, to prevent your car from becoming a petri dish.
The good news is normal soap or solutions with 60% alcohol is proven to kill the virus so you don’t need to use any harsh chemicals that could be harmful to yourself and the environment or damage your car’s interior.
Tips for cleaning your car
Before you begin cleaning, it is advisable to wear proper gloves and/or wash your hands thoroughly before and after.
Start with the touchpoints like exterior and interior door handles, steering wheel, light and wiper stalks, seat-belt buckles and gear-shifters. Don’t forget the infotainment touchscreen, and buttons and switches. If available use wipes to avoid any water getting into the system.
Clean all surfaces such as the dashboard, backs of seats, windows and doors. For soft surfaces such as seat cushions, armrests, carpet and headliner, use a cleaner that’s appropriate for the material such as upholstery or leather cleaner. Remember to not use bleach-based cleaners as they’re likely to cause discoloration. Finally, clean the child restraints, or any toys or books you keep in the car to keep the kids entertained as well as other loose items like cables and such.