How to Reduce the Risk of the Coronavirus in Your Vehicle

The Coronavirus has blown out into an epic proportion and is making life tough for every single person on the planet earth. It’s unstoppable, relentless, and insanely out of control. Several hundred thousand worldwide are affected and a large number of people have fallen prey to it since its outbreak. Though nothing concrete has been found yet to stop it, the only way to stay safe is by following proper hygiene. But not just self-care, it’s also important to take care of daily-used things such as a car. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the risk of the Coronavirus in your vehicle, this information will end your quest.

First, let’s know how one can get infected by Coronavirus

The virus can enter your body through mucus membrane – eyes, nose, and mouth. It can infect you when you inhale the droplets or after you touch any contaminated surface and then touch your face. The Coronovirus can contaminate almost any surface. Your door handle, steering wheels, gear knobs, and handbrake.  Once the virus lands on any surface, it can last for several days. In fact, it can stay quite longer on plastic and metal, which your vehicle is made of. The virus can contaminate any porous surface as well. So, how to get rid of it?

There are several ways to reduce the risk of coronavirus in your vehicle. You will need the right tools to disinfect the surfaces of your vehicle that you come in daily contact with.

Homemade disinfectant

While there are a few surface disinfectants available in the market, there are high chances that they might have run out of supply. But this doesn’t mean you should ignore your car completely. There are other cheap and effective ways to project the vehicle from Coronavirus such as soap and water. However, before you start cleaning any car’s surface, it’s better to buy good-quality disposable gloves. You can also invest in some disinfectant wipes since carrying soap and water everywhere isn’t possible.

Isopropyl Alcohol

The WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centre for Disease Control) have recommended the use of Isopropyl Alcohol for disinfecting any type of surface. But ensure it’s 99.9% pure. To make it more effective, you can also add a little quantity of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 99% pure glycerin. Take 100 ml distilled water in a bowl, or boil tap water and let it come to room temperature. Add 250 ml of isopropyl Alcohol to the boiled, but cold water and mix two tablespoon of Glycerin and three tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Stir the mixture and pour it into a spray bottle and give it a good shake, and the solution is ready for use. In case, you’re able to get an Isopropyl Alcohol spray, then use it alone with a clean cloth.

Focus on obvious surfaces

There are many surfaces that you have to touch in order to use the vehicle. The first and the foremost thing is the door handle. The next is the seat, seat belt, steering wheel, gear knobs, music system, and the dashboard. It’s good to cover all the places of the car’s interior if you want to be totally safe from the Coronavirus. Also, don’t ignore the exterior of the car despite its being protected to some extent by the sun and change in the weather.

How to go disinfecting your vehicle

Spray the Isopropyl Alcohol solution that we made in the previous step and wipe it with a clean cloth. Start from the obvious touchpoint and move onto the less touched parts. In case, you’ve helped someone by dropping him or her to the hospital for scanning or treatment, clean the seats as wells. Don’t leave the porous surfaces as well since virus can seep into them and remain active. But before starting with disinfecting your vehicle, wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds so that any traces of virus on your hands are wiped out.

There are many cleaners in the market but it’s a bad idea to use one that isn’t made for your car. Therefore, take your vehicle to an experienced auto mechanic and cleaner like Motormech Auto Zone, Pune. These auto experts take care and have all the right tools to reduce the risk of the Coronavirus in your vehicle. The last piece of advice we would like to give you is keep washing your hands with soap as much as possible to stop spreading the virus.

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