Best Practices in Avoiding Germs, Bacteria and Viruses when Pumping Gas

Despite stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines across the country, many essential workers still must commute to work, and others have to drive for medicine, food, and other supplies. With driving, comes the occasional gas-station stop to fill up your tank. While gas-stations aren’t dangerous, they do contain several high-contact surfaces such as pump handles, touch-screens, and credit card keypads that can be the home to viruses such as COVID-19.

Use disposable nitrile or latex gloves

If you have access, it’s a great idea to keep a box in the glove compartment of your vehicle. These gloves should be used in single-use fashion and can be thrown away immediately after pumping your gas – keeping your hands safe! If you don’t have gloves, using paper towels can also get the job done!

Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle

It’s always a good idea to use hand sanitizer after touching any unknown surfaces. If you have a bottle in your car, you can use it after pumping gas to make sure your hands are safe before touching anything in your vehicle!

Wash your hands frequently

While these precautions are great – washing your hands frequently and efficiently will help protect you if you do pick up any unwanted bacteria or infectious viruses on your hands. Practicing frequent hand washing will also ensure that you leave anything harmful on any high-contact surfaces you encounter in your day-to-day. The CDC recommends using soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds! For more tips on disinfecting your vehicle’s interior, check out our blog post on the subject here!

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