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Rising Case Numbers – Things You Can Do

We all have a loved one in the high-risk category, and as this year draws to a close, we must face the fact that we are not out of the woods just yet. The year is changing, but the problems are not going away overnight. There is a new fear surrounding errands. It is important to remember that your vehicle holds your life each time you get in it. I do not recommend postponing urgent repairs or necessary maintenance if you have continued to use your car.

Being worried about the precautions others take is natural and important to pay attention to. There are a couple of things you can do too, though!

1. Do not use the recirculate function, especially if you frequently have different passengers, and when you get to the shop, make sure the a/c is off just before you turn off your car. This allows the shops to take measures for the disinfection process.

2. Carry wipes in your vehicle. It is a good habit to wipe down your car every so often or after someone other than yourself has been in it. Maybe wipe down the dash to clean off some of that dust; your car is going to look great with this habit!

3. Clean up your car a bit and empty out the trash. Leaving the half-eaten energy bar next to the gear shifter or having multiple masks strewn about the vehicle like the multifunction switches from the steering wheel (your turn signal lever), gear shifters, rearview mirrors, on the floor, etc., can put your guests in an awkward situation.

4. Stop eating in your vehicle. The steering wheel is extremely dirty…

If you are not going to use your car for errands until the cases go down, be sure to start it at least once a week, and if possible, drive it around for 10 to 15 minutes. Your car will thank you! It might even be nice for your mental health to go for a drive -- maybe you can see some pretty Christmas lights!

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