What Is Classified as Essential Travel?
The current guidelines suggest that people shouldn’t leave their house without a reasonable excuse.
You are allowed to go the shops for necessities such as food and medication. However, these trips should be limited to as few as possible.
Petrol Station Hygiene Precautions
Thankfully, the vast amount of technologies available to us in modern times mean that we can limit the amount of interaction, and ultimately, the risk of infection when filling our cars with fuel.
Use pay at the pump facilities and contactless transactions when possible. Similarly, use gloves, disposable if available, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
That said, when going to fill up, follow all government instructions and those displayed at the petrol station.
Disinfecting Your Vehicle During Lockdown
Alongside washing our hands, wiping our phones, and disinfecting surfaces within our homes, we also need to consider the alternative places from which an infection can spread.
One of these is our cars.
Seats, dashboard, doors, and boots are all areas which can harbour germs. They should be disinfected to reduce risk. Advice suggests that you should wait until at least 72 hours have passed following a journey before cleaning your vehicle, as by this stage the number of particles living on these surfaces will have significantly reduced.
It is recommended that when cleaning your car, you should use PPE, such as disposable gloves and an apron. Focus areas for cleaning include stereo controls, door handles, the steering wheel, head rests, and seat belts (pulled out to their maximum length).
Once you have thoroughly cleaned your vehicle, either bin your PPE, if it disposable, or place it immediately into the wash.