In these corona times, it’s important to be aware of all of the sources of infections that surrounds us. Your car is actually one of the most important ones and one that we often forget.
Today, it’s more important than ever to keep your car clean and prevent it from contributing to the virus spread, especially if you’re more than one person sharing the car.
Scientists have found that the virus can live up to three days on surfaces like plastic and stainless steel. Because of this, it’s important to disinfect the surfaces in your car that you or others usually comes in contact with.
And remember – wash your hands both before and after cleaning.
Throw out the garbage!
First and foremost – respect the basic rules of hygiene and keep the car clean inside and out, and free of garbage. This will give the virus less matter to settle in.
It’s also important to keep the air conditioner in mind. Recycled air can be infectious – pathogens are recycled with the air and sent back into the car, which makes it smart to turn off the air recycling. Also, the air conditioner filter should be changed at least once a year.
When you’re cleaning your car, you’ll have to remove all sorts of garbage and junk, especially used handkerchiefs and old leftovers, but also cardboard mugs, boxes and bottles and parking tickets gives viruses and bacteria more room to frolic.
Use soap and water
If you’re not in one of the risk groups, it’s not normally necessary to use aggressive disinfectants, but you should still properly clean surfaces that are frequently touched with an isopropanol- containing detergent, according to US Consumer Reports. Alcohol solutions with more than 70% of alcohol will kill the Covid-19 virus.
However, a proper cleaning session with soap and water is more than adequate in most cases, either it’s hand soap or detergent. These cleaning agents also have the advantage of not being aggressive to the surface materials in the car.
If you’re concerned about protecting leather or plastic surfaces, special interior cleaning products have an advantage and will also kill the virus. Do not forget to wash the mirror and windows properly, this will provide a traffic safety bonus.
Safely buy a new car
If you’re in the market for a new car, there are ways to safely do so without risking getting infected. First of all, the things that are possible to do online you should do on your computer so that you don’t have to leave your house unnecessarily.
Before you buy a car, you have to make sure that you have the finances, either from a savings account or maybe you’ll have to take out a car loan. There are sites where you can take out these loans online. This way you meet as few people as possible, minimizing the risk of infecting others or getting infected yourself.
Stay away from car retailers and dealerships, it’s better to call or email them to get your questions answered. Many dealerships offer home deliveries during this time, just make sure you get everything covered, like insurance, before you make any deals.
Although it might be a challenge to buy a brand new car online, it’s very possible to buy a used one. Search websites where people list cars for sale and contact the seller to come up with a plan to make a corona friendly transaction.