Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
11 Jan 2021
As we all know, the situations emerged after the outbreak of COVID-19 has not only impacted the urban lives, but also those residing in villages and in the countryside areas, and has coined many terms like 'social distancing' and 'quarantining'. While all the aspects of our lives have taken a hit by this disease, our driving behaviour too needs a change in that direction. The outbreak of the COVID-19 has put a larger emphasis on social distancing, thereby effecting our driving behaviour to a great extent. So, you should try to keep yourself as well as your loved ones happy by following the constant hygiene practices and practising social distancing. Today, in this article, we will be sharing with you the top four precautionary steps you need to take while driving in COVID-19 times.
Following are some precautionary measures which you can take to keep your driving and car ownership experience safe and secure in these tough times. Let's have a look at these precautionary steps:
Contact-less Buying and Servicing Experience - With an emphasis on fulfilling on the norms of social distancing, all the car manufacturers are trying their best to minimize the number of showroom walk-ins and service visits, but at the same time, enhancing their footfall, with the help of digital platforms. All the car manufacturers have developed apps and online portals to book a test drive, purchase a new car and book a scheduled service directly through a mobile application or website, with easy availability of a new car or scheduled pick and drop of your existing cars service at your doorstep itself.
Additional Must-have Items in Car - Apart from the must-have accessories for your car like a tissue box, perfume, spare tire, tool kit and first aid kit, there are two more items which you should now keep in the car itself all the times - face masks and sanitisers. Store a small bundle of face masks and a small bottle of sanitiser stored in your car itself, so that they come handy even if you forget one of them at your home. However, do store them at a cool and dry place, preferably in the glove box, as sanitisers are volatile and flammable in nature.
Regular Sanitization of Car's Interior - There are many touch-points in your car which do come in contact with various people sitting in your car, such as steering wheel, infotainment system, door handles, power window switches and seats. All these touch-points should be sanitized frequently in order to avoid possible transmission of the virus among your loved ones. Also, try to drive with your windows closed.
Install Fastag, if you haven't yet - While it is now a mandatory practice to install a Fastag to avoid hassle at toll plazas, there is still a separate lane in a majority of tall plazas to facilitate those who wish to pay toll taxes by cash. To maximize social distancing, try to make digital payments for the toll taxes by Fastag.
These were the top four precautionary steps you need to take while driving in COVID-19 times. So, now you know what are the precautionary measures you need to follow in these testing times. Do take proper care of yourself as well as of your loved ones. How are you taking precautionary steps against the COVID-19? Do feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with all of us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.