Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional travel has been stranded. However, travel industry experts are saying that about one-third of the population are planning to take a road trip this summer. Traveling in your own vehicle allows you to have better control of your health during a road trip, but do not let your guard down. Following is a list of important road trip vacation safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:
Check Who is Open and Who is Closing
As we have learned, COVID-19 is a shape shifter and can cause disruptions in even the best reopening plans. Before you pack and head off for your desired destination, check to see the status of the state or states you intend to travel. The New York Times has compiled a listing of each state’s standing here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/states-reopen-map-coronavirus.html You might also visit the health department website of your intended destination to find out what their requirements are. You will need to know if face masks are required and if you will be required to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive.
Keep Interaction While on the Road to a Minimum
The fewer stops you make, the safer you and your companions will be. But, there are times when you will need to stop for gas or food. At the gas station, recognize the gas pump is a high-touch object, so have paper towels and/or gloves ready to use when you interact with the pump. Also, what is a good road trip without great snacks? Instead of going through the drive-thru or eating inside restaurants, plan ahead and pack an abundance of snacks and meals for you and your fellow travelers.
Hit the Down Button on your Windows
Experts say that having air flow throughout the interior of a vehicle is a smart idea. Once the air begins to circulate, it decreases the amount of time that virus droplets can stay in the air. If it is raining, make sure the air conditioner or ventilation system is not in recirculating air mode.
Be Wary of the Rest Stop Toilets
Scientists now say that the turbulence from a toilet bowl can create a large plume that can travel to the next bathroom stall. By now, you have gained a heightened awareness of the danger of using public bathrooms, but the following tips serve as good reminders:
- Wear a mask.
- Do not spend more than a few minutes inside the restroom and touch as little as possible. That means you should use your foot to flush the toilet whenever possible.
- Use a paper towel to turn faucets on and off and do not use an automatic hand dryer.
One Simple Decision for the Ultimate Reassurance
However, to give you and your passengers the ultimate peace of mind that the vehicle is virus free, stop by your nearest participating dealership and ask for NuVinAir’s latest product, ReKlenz-X, which has received approval from the EPA as an eco-friendly disinfectant.
ReKlenz-X kills 99.9 percent of germs, bacteria, and viruses in a vehicle's interior without compromising the integrity of the cabin. The product is on the EPA's "List N," which includes disinfectants for use to combat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
To clean, the proprietary product uses an oxygen-enriched formula to quickly kills bacteria and viruses by destroying their cell walls through a process called oxidation. According to NuVinAir, ReKlenz-X contains no harsh chemicals, sticky residue, or dangerous volatile organic compounds. The result is a disinfected vehicle with no chemical smell.
ReKlenz-X is available in 32-ounce spray bottles through automotive dealerships, detail shops, rental-car companies, service centers, and vehicle fleets.
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NuVinAir Global is a privately held, Dallas-based company providing healthier commutes for drivers and passengers around the world. They deliver a ‘Total Health’ product line that utilizes sanitization science and a patented cleaning process to dealerships, rental car companies, and other automotive businesses. NuVinAir’s patented ReStore and ReFresh treatments are used to clean the interior air of the vehicle, including the HVAC system, and remove contaminants, odor, and pollutants by dispelling a dry, hygienic vapor that reaches places that sprays and wipes simply cannot. Products and programs are sold through its franchisees, who own protected rights to their defined territories. For more information, visit NuVinAir.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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