How to stay safe driving for Uber during COVID-19
Throughout the majority of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has become a key topic for government, media and the general public. COVID-19 has completely changed the way we live and because of it, a lot of uncertainty has been created for individuals, families and businesses across the country. This also includes self-employed Uber drivers who have also been adversely affected.
Coronavirus safety tips for Uber drivers
The UK Government has encouraged everyone to avoid crowded places such as shopping centres and public transport where possible during lockdown. However, it does understand that public transport will be needed for those who are commuting to and from work throughout the week. As a result of the advice and guidance, ridesharing is now in demand, and it is expected to only increase in the coming weeks. However, it is pertinent to note that driving as an Uber driver during this period carries an increased level of responsibility, both drivers and customers must also play their part to keep themselves and others safe.
Below, we have listed five steps that Uber drivers can take to protect themselves and others from becoming infected and help to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
1. Wash your hands as frequently as you can
2. Keep the inside of your car clean and tidy
Even in normal day to day use, it will be important to keep your taxi clean and tidy as part of your work. However, during the period of COVID-19, it is even more important to clean surfaces that are touched frequently with disinfectant spray or wipes. This will protect both you and your passengers.
Disinfectant spray and antibacterial wipes are relatively inexpensive and are highly recommended. Use them throughout the day (or night) on the following surfaces:
- Door handles (both inside and outside), also don’t forget the handles above the passenger doors
- Steering wheel and gear stick
- Car dashboard along with any buttons your passengers may also have access to
As supplies can be constrained at times, it isn’t always easy to get these products straight away. For this reason, Uber is working with manufacturers and distributors to help drivers get access to these disinfectant products to ensure cars remain clean for drivers and riders alike.
3. Have hand sanitizer on hand for you and your passengers
4. Minimise exposure by keeping your distance
It has been stated several times that the most effective way to help stop the spread of coronavirus and stay safe is to minimise your personal contact with others. If you do experience symptoms, you should self-isolate and get tested straightaway.
In the UK, if you experience any coronavirus related symptoms, the current guidelines state that you must self-isolate for 14 days. Plastic screens can also be fitted between you and your passengers to limit the spread of germs.