With the global impact we’ve all felt from the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be rather tricky to truly know what you can do in order to stay safe in all situations. Like many coronavirus-related scenarios, determining the likelihood of possible infection from driving with friends during COVID-19 or using a rideshare app, such as Uber and Lyft, isn’t so clear cut. In fact, a lot of factors come into play, such as the number of people in the car and how big the car in question is.
If you’re wondering, ‘can I drive with friends during the coronavirus pandemic?’ you’re not alone. Whether it’s giving your coworker a ride, or taking your mom to the grocery store, it can be hard to determine what safety precautions you should take to protect yourself and your passengers. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of safety measures that you and your friends can take to safely enjoy the road whether you’re in a rideshare or in a car amongst family and friends.
How to stay safe carpooling in a pandemic
1. Wash your hands before and after your ride.
You’ve heard this before, and you’ll hear it again. The best way to stay safe, before and after hitching a ride with others, is to thoroughly and properly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to kill the spread of germs that we can so easily pick up from touching anything.
Whether you are going to be doing a rideshare program or catching a ride with friends, you should wash your hands before getting into the car to prevent bringing germs into the car, just as you should wash your hands once you are out of the car to prevent bringing any germs with you afterward.
2. Wear a face mask.
In alignment with both CDC and WHO preventive health guidelines aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, it’s imperative to wear a face mask during the ride. In fact, rideshare programs such as Uber require face masks for both the passengers and the drivers. If you are not wearing a face mask, you will not get a ride. Similarly, if your driver is not wearing a face mask, you can cancel the trip, free of charge. In order to keep yourself safe when you’re driving with family members or friends, we highly advise for both the driver and the passengers in question to wear a mask.
3. Crack a window.
When you are in a vehicle with others, it’s important to have proper air circulation, as this will help dramatically reduce the chance of transmission of the disease. Simply put, increased ventilation helps for better circulation!
4. Handle your own items.
Whether you’re running errands with family or helping a coworker out – make sure you are only touching your own items. By keeping your hands to yourself as well as to your own belongings, this will help reduce the risk of exposure for both you and others.
5. If you can, sit away from other riders.
As awkward as this can be, the six feet apart rule is especially true in close quarters such as a car. If you’re in a rideshare, be sure to sit in the backseat. Similarly, if you’re the driver, ask your passengers to sit in the back seat. Additionally, if you’re planning on a carpool, only allot for enough seats that would allow the middle seat to be open. This way, the driver and passenger have distance between them, just as the back-seat passengers will as well.
The bottom line.
We hope that these safety measures help answer the burning question of, ‘Should I carpool during the pandemic?’, and that reading through this article helped put your mind at ease. At SafeAuto, we’ve always wanted our consumers to safely enjoy the ahead, whether alone or amongst others. We’ve taken great measures to keep our drivers insured and safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With the autumn months approaching us, we hope you and your loved ones are remaining healthy. Stay informed with the latest communications around our COVID-19 response to better help our consumers. As always, we hope you enjoy the road ahead while staying safe!