With the outbreak of Covid-19, many office workers are able to work remotely, thus protecting themselves from contracting or spreading the coronavirus. For fleet drivers, this is a luxury they are not afforded by the nature of their job, and for many of them, they will still be working during lockdown periods to deliver essential items to stores that remain open. While sanitizing hands every time you enter or exit a building is important, this may not be enough to prevent the virus from getting into cars, trucks and vans. We share some top tips on ensuring that vehicles remain sanitized:
- Whether you are at your start or end destination, or taking a break while on the road, be sure to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before departing. Ideally, if you have hand sanitizer available, it is recommended to sanitize your hands in addition to washing them.
- When you are going to be receiving packages, or delivering them, wear rubber gloves. Keep a plastic bag in your vehicles to discard your gloves after they have been used and throw this away at the end of each day.
- If you receive any stock or other items during the course of your day at work, wipe it down with disinfectant. You’ll also need to wipe down any areas that other people may have been in contact with during collections or drop offs.
- Continue to sanitize your hands throughout the day. Keep a good quality hand sanitizer in the vehicle at all times.
- At the end of your shift, you’ll need to disinfect the below areas with an alcohol-based disinfectant to ensure that either yourself or your co-worker can start their next shift with a clean, sanitized car:
- Door and door handles (both interior and exterior)
- Steering wheel and dashboard, including the radio
- Gearstick and handbrake
- Any GPS systems
- Armrests, cup holders and seats
- Any other areas that you have touched (visors, rear-view mirrors, fuel and toll cards etc.)
- If you are travelling with someone else, no matter how short the period of time, don’t forget to sanitize anything they have touched once they leave the vehicle. It is advised to travel on your own where possible.
Keeping our drivers safe during this time is essential, as they are vital to keeping the country operating during this tough time. Ensure your drivers are well-educated on anything covid-19 related and feel comfortable in their vehicles.