COVID 19: Hygiene when driving

In these challenging times, it’s important that we’re all aware of hygiene – and that also means in your truck

In the face of extraordinary measures to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, it’s worth considering some sensible hygiene measures that you can apply to your truck, or indeed, a truck you may be test driving or considering to buy.

During this challenging period, the Trucksales team will continue to test new vehicles. But we will be taking some extra measures to minimise the risk to ourselves. You may want to apply the same regime to you own vehicle or one you’re test driving or sharing with co-workers

 

We have compiled some very basic actions in conjunction with Motorsport Safety and Rescue (MSR), on advice received from Ambulance Victoria.

1. Consider cleaning your vehicle with an alcohol-based disinfectant or wipes before you hand it over to another driver. If the boot is on the other foot and you’re the ‘new’ driver – apply the same logic.

2. Ideally wear gloves while doing so and test the cleaner on an out of the way area of the interior before you launch into the main dash. Avoid overly harsh cleaners (ie: bleach).

3. The touch points you should target in your vehicle include the keys or fob, steering wheel, transmission shifter, door handles, entry and exit grab rails and other places you’d normally touch such as the radio or heating controls. Don’t forget the indicator and wiper stalks!

4. Remember the government 'personal distance' protocols to help reducing the risk of person-to-person infection.

What should I do when refuelling?

It’s sensible to keep your truck as close to topped-up, especially with the low fuel prices at present. A full tank will also minimise any extra stops during your journeys.

At the pumps, take precautions against too much touching, limiting contact to the pump and your vehicle.

Many service stations now have credit card payment systems so you don’t have to go inside the building or go face-to-face with any staff.

Use gloves. Most drivers use gloves these days when refuelling and now it’s more important than ever. Single-use gloves are sometimes in a dispenser at the diesel pump so, if they have not been plundered, they are a good backup if you don’t have your own.

Otherwise, wash your hands as soon as possible and/or apply some hand sanitiser.

Preventative maintenance

Keep your truck in tip-top condition so you don’t have call the breakdown services. Now is probably a good time for a service, and don’t forget to check your tyres.

The last thing you need in these times is to be stuck on the side of the road due to poor maintenance or crook tyres.

But above all, keep your truck clean!

 
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