Your Questions Answered About Driving Post Lockdown
In this time of uncertainty, there are many questions about what is safe to do, what we cannot do and what the recommendations are. With the end of lockdown insight, you might have some questions about driving. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions.
Is driving on the roads going to be the same as usual?
The types of people using the roads will likely have changed. There may be much larger numbers of pedestrians and cyclists than average. There may be some changes in road layouts as a result of this.
When you first get back on the road, you should take it easy. Try to be as alert as possible. If you can, it might be a good idea to start by using quieter roads where possible, especially if you haven’t driven regularly.
I worried my car won’t start – I haven’t used it in weeks. What can I do?
The most likely cause of a car not starting is a flat battery. Starting your vehicle for short periods won’t have helped to charge it. In some cases, it may just drain the battery further. With this, you’ll need to recharge or purchase a new battery.
If you have multiple cars, try to alternate which one you are using, until you are back to a normal routine. If one might be sitting idle for a while, it could be worth investing in a trickle charger to keep the battery topped up.
Is it safe to use a petrol pump or EV charger?
Even after lockdown is limited, it will be a good idea to take sensible precautions when using a petrol pump. Many people will use them so they could be a source of infection. To protect yourself, you can wear gloves. Otherwise, avoid touching your face after using the pump. Then make sure to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds as soon as possible.
Is it safer to use my car instead of public transport?
If you can use your car, it may be a better option than using public transport. The government’s advice is that you should avoid public transport as much as possibleat the moment.
Can I give anyone a ride in my car?
At the moment, it is not advisable to drive with anyone who is not a member of your household.