Must-have Safety Car Features in COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected the lives of everyone. It has changed the way people think, the things they do, basically everyone, everywhere in their day-to-day life.
One of the things that hasn’t changed is how people prioritize their safety, and in this matter, keeping one’s health at the top and doing the most one can to stay away from the virus.
A part of this involves safe travelling and ensuring you’ve got the right type of car, so at least you can travel satisfyingly knowing that you’re doing your best to keep the coronavirus away. There are some safety car features that can help in this regard, and below is a list of the top 5!
Car capacity – should you stick to social distancing everywhere?
The straight forward answer is yes! To prevent a risk of being infected the social distancing has to be practiced even in your very own car
When you buy a car that seats 7+ people, you’re automatically inviting a larger group of people to travel together. And so many people in one car means you will be seated closer to each other, and this will inevitably increase your (and your loved ones’) risk of catching the virus.
When buying a car during the pandemic, you should keep in mind the number of people you will be seating. Try to keep it as low as possible, so the least possible number of people can travel in one vehicle, and this is probably one of the best ways to prioritize your safety.
Ventilation is not always a good thing!
There has been a lot of controversy on whether or not COVID-19 particles can be suspended in air, and there is growing evidence that it can. And even if it’s not, we are sure that you’d rather be safe than sorry.
It is believed that you can catch the virus from airborne exposure to it. This means if an infected person has sneezed or coughed in a particular area, the air particles of that area have the potential to suspend the germs and viruses for a specific amount of time. If you happen to breathe in the same air, you have a chance of catching the virus.
To avoid this, you should divert your choice from a convertible or Spyder to a car that has a covered roof. And if you’re inclined towards a car with a sunroof – or your current car has one – make sure to keep the sunroof closed until the pandemic is over!
Either way, just make sure there’s not too much air entering and exiting your car; you never know which area has airborne COVID-19 particles.
What sort of filters could you consider to increase your safety?
Having the windows sealed and the sunroofs closed can sometimes make the inside of your car a little suffocating. It will also retain any pollutant particles that have entered your car. In this regard, you should consider the safety car feature in COVID-19 termed “Air-purifying” (or air-cleansing) systems.
Built-in air filters
You should prioritize a car that has an efficient built-in air filter system. This will make sure any pollutants in your car are omitted timely and the air remains fresh.
These include ozone generators and ionizers coupled with mechanical filters that keep the air fresh. But controversies surround the effectiveness of these type of filters, and the production of lung irritants are a major drawback.
Material used in interior build
An important factor in ensuring your car is virus-proof is the material used to build it.
The seats in your car should be made out of anti-microbial leather, so it does not host any type of micro-organisms, such as bacteria, molds and fungus, in addition to the coronavirus. This will ensure no germs remain on the surfaces of your seats in the event of germs entering your car, or an infected person travelling with you/in your car.
Dashboards are generally made of Poly-vinyl Chloride (PVC). With the rise of coronavirus, it is important that this material does not host any germs for long.
You can do this by purchasing a car that has an anti-microbial dashboard, or by cleaning out and disinfecting your dashboard and other such surfaces regularly.
Net curtains for windows
You can try to keep your windows sealed all you want, but there will be times when you’ll have to roll them down. This can be while speaking to someone at a drive-thru or making a payment while in your car. What do you do now? Don’t worry, the solution is not as complicated as COVID-19.
You can hang filtration curtains in front of all your windows, so even if you have to roll the window down, you’re only allowing voices and sounds to pass through it and not germs!
For this purpose, you can either purchase ready-to-use curtains from several brands and get them installed, or you can buy your own cloth, take your measurements and customize them.
If you’re leaning towards customization, you can either use a lighter, net material that is translucent, or you can go for the heavier, more opaque cloth.
The choice is for you to make, we just need to keep those germs out!
COVID-19 is giving everyone enough reasons to be stressed about, and travelling shouldn’t be one of them. To keep your travels as stress-free as possible and to make sure you’re doing your best to keep that virus away from you and your more vulnerable loved ones, take all necessary precautions, including keeping your car away from germs.
You can do this by purchasing a car with lesser room, closed roofs, air-purifying systems, anti-microbial interiors and net curtains amongst others.