16 Sep How to Have Safe Road Trips During the COVID-19 Pandemic
For those who plan to go on epic road trips during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are things you can do to stay safe.
Remember not to put your guard down no matter how enjoyable your road trip seems to be.
Here’s how you can have safe road trips according to experts:
Disinfect Your Car
Think about this― you just bought a used car. After reading its history report, you knew that it has been two years since it was inspected. Of course, you have to get it inspected immediately.
Disinfecting your car before going on a road trip works like that. Since it was used before the trip, you have to clean your car.
The best way to disinfect the interior of your car is by using isopropyl and microfiber cloth, according to Dr. Jana Parmova, chief physician at SKODA.
As for the exterior, a good old car wash can do. However, it pays to disinfect the door handles with isopropyl alcohol after washing them.
Know About Your Destination
It’s wise to go somewhere with fewer cases of local transmission. It also helps to see if your destination has hospitals, in case you get sick while traveling.
As CDC said, if you’re planning on going to a remote area, medical care may not be accessible, which puts everyone in your travel group at risk.
Plus, you have to contact your destination’s local health department to see what their requirements are or if they’ll allow you to enter.
Find the Best Route
While taking a longer route before the pandemic is acceptable, it isn’t now. The best route is one that is short and avoids contact with others outside the car as much as possible.
So if you’re thinking about stopping at a couple of attractions during your road trip, it’s best not to. Remember, the less contact with others outside your group, the better.
Think About Who You’re Traveling With
Experts recommend not to travel with people who are at high risk, including children, the elderly, or people showing symptoms of the disease.
While you may be tempted to travel with your friends or relatives you’re not living with, road tripping with your household should be the only option, according to Dr. Debbie Goff, infectious disease specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Bring A Sanitary Kit
Packing a sanitary kit and making sure each person has a mask and/or face shield are necessary.
A bottle of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer must be in your car’s cup holder. Disinfecting wipes and a box of disposable gloves must be available as well, in case any of you has to go out and touch foreign surfaces amidst the trip.
Pack Your Own Snacks
Preparing your own food also helps you stay safe on the road. While there is no solid evidence that food can transmit the coronavirus, its packaging might.
While staying at home is the most effective way to avoid the coronavirus, the traveling bug isn’t that easy to get rid of. Follow the tips above for a safe road trip during the COVID-19 pandemic.