Coronavirus has disrupted all our lives. Daily restrictions mean sacrifices from us all, and for most of us, mean staying at home much more than we’re used to. This also means a limitation in driving. However, for some, car travel is still a necessity—whether it be short trips to and from work, or a longer, necessary road trip.
There are a lot of questions surrounding what is considered safe car travel in the time of the Coronavirus. At Stewart’s Donnybrook Automotive, we usually stress the importance of car maintenance, oil changes, good wiper blades, and other important routine car care to keep you safely on the road, but we understand the importance of being proactive in other ways to help keep you safe. We have put together a comprehensive look at ways to keep yourself and others safe while traveling. We want our customers in Tyler and throughout east Texas to travel safely!
So much of traveling safely in the time of the Coronavirus is dependent on planning ahead. Whether you’re doing a daily commute or planning a longer road trip, it’s important to do research.
Here are some things to check:
These are crucial steps to plan because many places have shut down. Especially if it’s necessary to spend the night somewhere, check ahead to see what hotels/motels are open and what their restrictions are.
If you have to travel, there’s a chance of getting sick while on the road. Research ahead of time the closest medical facilities. Make sure to pack your necessary medical paperwork.
Look ahead and see if there are travel advisories and closures in the areas you’ll be traveling through.
You also must weigh the risks of getting into an accident, having an emergency, or getting a flat tire while on the road. You can obtain important travel information at the Federal Highway Administration website.
Whether on a long or short distance trip, it’s important to have your car stocked with extra food, water, and essentials in case they aren’t available.
Pack safety quarantine essentials such as: a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant.
Vehicle Safety: Make sure your vehicle is prepped and packed for any emergency.
Things to pack:
Disinfecting Your Vehicle, Inside and Out: It’s essential to thoroughly clean your car before and after the trip. Especially if you make stops during your travels, cleaning your car before and after helps alleviate being a carrier. Here is a list of things you should disinfect:
(Be careful to use products that won’t damage the car’s paint. Hydrogen peroxide, for example, can cause damage and should be avoided for cleaning a vehicle’s exterior surfaces.)
Other Tips for Safe Car Travel:
The rapid onset of restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak has individuals and governments at all levels scrambling to find ways to be safe. While most places have rules in place to ensure everyone stays in their homes, car travel is still necessary in certain instances.
Before traveling, weigh whether your time in the car is actually “essential”, and what the impact of your trip could be. Preventative measures and planning can make a significant difference. From all of us at Stewart’s Donnybrook Automotive, please stay healthy, plan ahead, and stay safe!