4 Tips to keeping your car Coronavirus Free

Written by Sandra Bain


Our cars can be our pride and joy. But did you know that your steering wheel has up to 4-times as many germs on it than a public toilet seat? Just imagine for a moment, all those things you touch, before and after you use your car each and every day. It's enough to make your skin crawl, right?

We should always be mindful of what germs we are transferring from surface to surface, but now that Coronavirus Covid-19 is here, its even more important than ever.

When we go shopping, for example, we touch trolleys, products, shelves, cash and other germ-infested surfaces. We could hold these germs on our hands for close to 4 hours and Covid 19 lasts on surfaces like stainless steel for up to 72 hours. When we touch these surfaces, we can potentially be transferring the germs/virus onto everything else we touch, including our car.

Here are some simple steps you can take, to help you keep you car clean and safe from Coronavirus Covid-19 germs, which you may have picked up along the way...


Tip 1: Wipe All Surfaces

With an antibacterial wipe or spray/cloth, wipe over all surfaces of the car, which may have been or could be touched by yourself or someone else. 

This includes (but not limited to): Dashboard, all buttons and aircon vents, all console areas, gear shift, hand brake, indicators, wipers, steering wheel, mirrors and side mirror adjustment, seat adjustment, seat belt, door handles (inside and out), visors and keys.

**For maximum benefit, this should be done before AND after using the car.

Tip 2: Hand Sanitiser

After wiping surfaces, finish off by applying hand sanitiser to ensure all germs remaining on your hands are gone.

Try to avoid touching your face while driving, as it could spread germs back onto the wheel again. 

**For maximum benefit, this should be done before AND after using the car.


Tip 3: Disinfectant Spray

Spray Glen20 or similar antibacterial/disinfectant spray throughout the car when you leave. This allows for any remaining airborne germs to die off whilst the car sits empty.

Tip 4: Wear Gloves

Now I know, you're going to feel awfully silly doing this but it's not a bad idea...

You may want to keep a pair of driving gloves in the car for this purpose, or use disposable rubber gloves. It'll feel weird to drive with them on at first, but its a good alternative if you don't have any hand sanitiser.

Extra Tips:

We all know the basic rules of washing your hands thoroughly, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, don't touch your face, don't shake hands, social distancing etc. But here are some extra things you can do to ensure you slow down or even stop, the spread of Coronavirus...

  1. Be sure to wipe over your phone as much as possible, as they are in our hands ALOT. No point sanitising your hands if your phones are carrying the germs.
  2. Carry a zip lock bag with you, so if you're transacting with money, get the cashier to put the change into the bag for you. Once home, empty the money out onto a surface and spray/clean each individual piece thoroughly. Once dry, you can then put into your wallet. Money can be a huge carrier of all germs, not just Coronavirus.
  3. Open public doors with paper towel, tissue, cloth or gloves, wherever possible. And keep your door handles at home clean too.
  4. If eating out, wipe over cutlery with antibacterial wipes. 


All-in-all, we just have to do the best we can to keep from spreading this virus. A little bit of precaution now, can hopefully see the end of the Coronavirus, quicker than we expected.


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