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Making car travel safer during Covid-19

Bradley Jando | Monday 20th July 2020 3:25pm

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While weíre all making the effort to stay inside as much as we can during the current pandemic, there are times that's just not feasible. Whether youíre driving to the supermarket or back to your recently opened workplace, youíll want to make sure that youíre taking the right precautions to keep your car, and everyone that travels in it, safe.

Keep it Clean

We all know to limit the things that we touch when weíre outside, and to wash our hands thoroughly when we come back indoors. The same thing goes for returning to your car. 

You can keep your car clean from germs by carrying anti-bacterial gel, and making sure you use it when you get into the car - before you touch anything in the interior.

Antibacterial wipes are great for wiping down your steering wheel and any other surfaces that you might have touched like your dashboard. And, once youíve gotten home or every now and then, ensure that you give everything a thorough disinfecting.

Stick to the Plan

If youíre driving slightly further than the nearest supermarket, or anywhere with children, do yourself a favour and plan your route. Itís important to bear in mind that some routes might be different, as local areas have made changes to enable easier social distancing. So, even if youíve used that route before, there might still be some changes that you arenít aware of.

During the planning, youíre also going to want to include any breaks that you might need, such as a quick ďstretching your legsĒ break.

By factoring those stops in, you can find easy places on your route for you to stop off and enjoy these breaks with less stress. Itís a good idea to plan in anything you might need, such as masks, hand sanitiser to keep your hands a bit more germ-free, or even just some snacks!

Up to Scratch

As we havenít had to use our cars in quite some time, itís important to double-check that your car is safe and roadworthy. You can do this by performing some car safety checks to ensure that everything is running smoothly. For more information on how to monitor your vehicle's health from home, check out our blog on DIY servicing to keep your car road-worthy. After all, the last thing you want to happen while youíre out on a drive is for your car to break down.

For any further advice about travelling in your car during this pandemic, we recommend following GOV.UK's safer travel guidelines.

Need your car serviced?

Itís easy to forget that your car has been sitting idle for a while. It might need a routine check-up or even a service to ensure that itís running well and getting you where you need to be.

Here at Kwik Fit, we offer a range of services to keep your car working at its best. You can book your car service online by visiting our servicing page.

Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are changes to the way that some Kwik Fit centres are operating. You can learn more about this on our Coronavirus FAQs page.

In the meantime, contact our experts online with any questions you may have or call your nearest Kwik Fit centre to arrange any MOT and servicing appointments.

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