For over a year, we’ve all been doing our best to keep ourselves and each other safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC, some of the best ways to do so are to wear a mask, wash our hands regularly, and remain six feet apart from one another.
However, there are some circumstances when six feet of distance simply aren’t an option. For example, when you’re ride sharing, it is unlikely that you’ll have six feet of space between you and your driver.
Does that mean you should skip ride sharing altogether or are there ways to make ride sharing safer for everyone involved?
Read on to find out ways that you can stay safe while ride sharing.
Minimize Your Need for Ride Sharing
The best way to minimize your risk is to avoid ride sharing altogether. Companies like Auto Transport make it easier to ensure that you have your car everywhere you go, even if you get there by plane. By having access to your own car everywhere you go, you can skip the ride sharing experience.
Use a Trusted Ride Sharing Company
To start with, you want to make sure that you’re catching a ride with a driver who comes from a responsible company. Ideally, ride sharing companies should be releasing their COVID-19 rules and expectations for both passengers and drivers. Make sure you do your research before hailing a car.
Everyone in the vehicle should be wearing a mask at all times. Masks help to stifle the spread of airborne viruses including COVID-19. They also lower the likelihood that you’ll touch your mouth or nose before washing your hands, which is another thing you want to avoid doing when you are outside of your own home.
Open the Proper Windows
The main reason that ride sharing does present a risk during the pandemic is that an enclosed car has poor ventilation. This increases the likelihood that an infected driver or passenger will infect other people in the car.
To increase ventilation in a vehicle the right way, make sure that you’re opening the right windows. The best configuration is for the passenger to sit in the back seat that is diagonally across from the driver. Then, open the window that is behind the driver and the window next to the front passenger seat to create an airflow that is least likely to carry germs from one occupant to another.
The best way to stay safe while traveling is to take your own car with you wherever you go. However, if this isn’t an option, use our tips to maximize your safety while ride sharing.
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