Keep it clean, New Zealand.

 

We all know the importance of washing our hands to help stop the spread of COVID-19. And, as we have seen at the supermarkets, the cleaning of any shared surfaces to kill off any germs left behind by someone who has gone before us.

While in Level 4 lockdown the number of these surfaces were possibly few and far between, most of us were only in our bubble. But now we are heading back to work, and there is one place many hands can and will be, and we need to stay on top of cleaning and sanitising it: your vehicle!

Whether it’s a fleet vehicle or a personal vehicle, follow the cleaning guidelines below to keep yourself protected. Have all the equipment available and ready to go, including relevant PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and you could even create your own cleaning checklist to ensure everyone is doing their part.

Using a soft cloth and hospital grade disinfectant or cleaning wipes* before and after a vehicle has been driven, wipe down:

  • Internal and external door handles
  • Boot lid
  • Steering wheel
  • Seats
  • Dashboard
  • Seatbelts
  • Control buttons
  • Head rests
  • Gear stick
  • Cup holders
  • Window controls
  • Centre console
  • Infotainment unit
  • Roof handles (inside the vehicle, above the door)

*Please remember to be kind to your vehicle - use a non-bleach disinfectant, and make sure the wipes are safe for your interior surfaces, while still meeting the World Health Organisation’s cleaning advice.

Be aware when you are using the car also: have fresh air coming in through the air conditioning system not recirculated air, and cleansing and sanitising is no substitute for physical distancing. Maybe rethink car-pooling to work for a while?

If it does come to your attention a vehicle has been used by a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we recommend you isolate the vehicles as soon as possible and have it professionally cleaned and sanitised.

And a final reminder – washing your hands is still the best defence. This means a 20 second hand wash before and after you are in any vehicle, and even after cleaning the vehicle. If you are in a situation where there is no water available, use an alcohol based hand sanitiser.