As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our daily routine, how to keep oneself safe can sometimes seem a little daunting.
Whether going to work or on a road trip, the idea of traveling via public transport probably makes you feel uncomfortable, as sharing air with strangers in an enclosed space allows for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) to spread.
Fear not; hit the road with a luxury rental car to avoid the risk of exposing yourself to infectious airborne particles.
While renting a car isn’t complicated, there are a few extra steps you should take to ensure your experience is as clean and hygienic as possible.
The Checklist on How to Rent a Car During COVID 19 Without a Panic Attack
STERILIZE YOUR CAR
While COVID is the most dangerous when airborne, the virus can still proliferate on external surfaces. Your rental services probably disinfect the vehicles, but you should always take precautions.
Follow these steps to disinfect your car:
● Wear disposable protective gloves before you begin the process.
● Use alcohol-based disinfectant products (wipes or solution) to clean the typical vehicle touchpoints, such as door handles, steering wheel, hand-brake, gear shift, window buttons, door locks, music system, A/C buttons, etc.
● The remaining areas must also be cleaned thoroughly before use, such as car seats, door sides, dashboard, seat belts, etc. Spray a generous amount of disinfectant spray and then wipe it away with a dry cloth to ensure complete disinfection.
● Once the process is complete, dispose of the gloves in a waste bin and thoroughly wash your hands for 20 seconds.
SAY NO TO VALET; PARK THE CAR YOURSELF
Whether you are running late for a meeting or enjoying the trip down to the mall, valet services seem like a blessing. Unfortunately, you should be taking every precaution to avoid letting people you do not know in your car.
Of course, one benefit of many people staying inside is that finding parking, even in the city, is easier than ever!
AVOID TRAVELING WITH STRANGERS
Arranging a commute to work every day can be quite challenging when carpooling and public transportation are not safe options.
Renting a car might take some extra effort to disinfect thoroughly, but you will be thanking yourself for the duration of your rental. And that also means declining to travel with individuals outside of your household.
CONSIDER THE GERMS AT THE GAS STATION
With over a thousand cars visiting the gas station in one day, you will need to be more careful when refueling your rented vehicle.
We would recommend you wear gloves when using the gas pump or keep a strong hand sanitizer on hand for disinfection to avoid contamination of the car surface.
CAR RENTALS ARE STILL SAFE
Renting a car provides you with a safer and socially-distant solution for all your essential travel needs. Following these tips will ensure your car rental experience during COVID is much safer.
Are you looking for the best luxury car rental service? Akama has you covered. Whether you want to cruise behind the wheel or in the backseat, steer the sails, or fly high in private jets, we have just the right fit for you.