How do I protect my car against Coronavirus?
Coronavirus spreads very easily
We all understand the idea that Coronavirus can be spread through coughing and sneezing, but it also escapes the body when we breathe or talk. You only have to breathe out on your car window to know that moisture is constantly entering and leaving our bodies.
This means Covid collects easily on surfaces whenever they're touched and since most of us are using our cars to do our essential journeys, it pays to know how to keep your car clean.
Our cars are home away from home
We often think of our cars as an extension of our homes, and if its only you and your immediate family who use the car, this isn't wrong.
But it's also one of the key contact point between our homes and the outside world, so it's a good idea to treat it with an element of caution by following a few simple rules and cleaning it regularly.
How long does Coronavirus survive on surfaces?
The truth is that no-one is sure yet, and like all viruses, how long it can survive will depend on the type of surface.
It's sensible to take the reduce the risk where you can, so cleaning all the parts of the car that you touch most often is a good rule of thumb.
What should I use to clean my car?
Diluted bleach, cleaners with at least 70% alcohol and disinfectants are the best things to use to clean your car (and your house). Wear a pair of rubber gloves and only use them for cleaning and if you want to be really safe, wash the clothes you cleaned in on a very hot wash as soon as you're finished.
What bits of my car should I clean?
Focus on the driver's area
A lot of us are going out alone, so it's the driver's seat and controls that are touched the most.
- Steering wheel and controls
- Infotainment system and air con
- Gear stick and ignition/power button
Navigation, entertainment and other controls
Though they're touched a little less often, it's still important to clean the other controls on the dash.
- Air vents
- Radio and infotainment system
- Heating controls
- Hazard and Drive Mode buttons
- Glove box release
- Bonnet release lever
Passenger seats and storage
Ensure you clean the other areas of the car that are commonly used, esspecially if you're travelling with others in the car.
- Seatbelts and seat clips
- Seat adjustment controls
- Head rests
- Seat pockets
- Window switches
- Light switches and overhead handles
All that handy storage
You know how dirty all those convenient pockets and cup holders can get if not cleaned regularly, so make sure you vacuum and wipe them down.
- Cup holders
- Front arm rest storage
- Glove box and contents
- Parcel shelf
- Boot floor tab and storage pockets
Outside the car
Don't forget the exterior of your car. Door handles are your first point of contact when you go to load up your food shopping.
- Door handles
- Petrol and charge point filler caps
- Boot release