Should You Take a Road Trip During the COVID-19 Crisis?

It’s difficult to feel cooped up in your home, with your normal routine turned upside down and your usual movements restricted. During the coronavirus crisis, that’s become a way of life for people all across the globe.

Are you tempted to break free from “social distancing” protocol and hit the open road?

Should you?

As customers already know, if they’ve turned to us for windshield repair in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the surrounding region, Auto Glass Fitters is all about safety. We’re taking the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention very seriously, and we’re doing everything we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by implementing heightened hygiene practices at all of our service centers and on all of our service calls.

While it may seem that taking a drive is a harmless endeavor, because you and your loved ones are confined to the vehicle, health experts assert that now is not the time to plan that big family road trip. It is best to stay home! However, if you do have to travel by car during the pandemic, here are some important tips to follow. 

  • Keep it short — A little bit of natural beauty and wind in your hair can do a world of good during these stressful times. So if no one in the family is sick, you might consider taking a short road trip. By “short,” we mean, within an hour of your home and not far enough that you’ll have to stop at a gas station to fill up your tank or stay in a hotel. 
  • Pack plenty of snacks — Even if it wasn’t risky to eat in a public place full of frequently-touched surfaces, it’s unlikely you’ll even find one that’s open. Don’t leave anything to chance, and bring along non-perishable snacks and a cooler filled with plenty of water.   
  • Clean the car — Anything that can be touched in the car (handles, knobs, seat belt fasteners, navigation screen, etc.) should be wiped down with disinfecting wipes before and after the trip.  
  • Stock up on sanitizer — Don’t just stop at liquid hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, although those are vital. Also, bring gloves and sealable plastic bags for discarding them.
  • Use those gloves and plastic bags — If you must stop at a gas station, it’s recommended to wear gloves while operating the pump, then discard the gloves without touching the outsides with your bare hands. Plastic bags can be used for the gloves if no trash cans are readily available. Avoid face-to-face interaction by paying with a credit card. If you have to use the restroom, avoid touching any surface — including the faucet and door handle — without using gloves, tissues, or plastic bags over your hands. Throw them away immediately, then sanitize your hands!

Staying home saves lives. However, if road travel is unavoidable during the COVID-19 pandemic, remember that you can count on Auto Glass Fitters to provide mobile auto glass repair anywhere from Lancaster, PA, to Portland, OR, or wherever you need it. Your health and safety are our top priority, and driving with a cracked, chipped, or broken windshield puts your family and other motorists at risk. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule service.

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