How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Filling Up

Posted by Motorama in Motoring Tips

Pump handles and keypads can be contaminated, so take precautions to avoid exposure. Here's how to stay protected at the petrol station.

Pump Handle & Keypad

Despite social distancing and closed venues to stop the spread of COVID-19 some essential workers still need to commute in their cars, and many others need to drive to places for food, medicine, and other supplies and services. For many, that means the occasional trip to the petrol station is inevitable, as is touching the pump handle and payment keypad. Pump handles and credit card keypads, which are high-touch areas, could have the virus present, which experts say can stay alive for hours or even days on hard surfaces. Your best protection overall is to wash your hands properly on a regular basis and to refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands. But there are a few things you can do that will help you stay safe when you have to pump petrol.
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Motorama suggests several ways to approach this task.

  • Consider carrying some disposable nitrile or latex gloves in your car to use when gripping the pump handle. Short of that, you can try to use paper towels that are sometimes available at the pump or have some with you to cover your hands when you grip the handle.
  • Invert the gloves and throw them away, and also any paper towels you

    might have used. Use hand sanitizer to make sure your hands are clean

    after you’re done and before you get back into your car.

  • Cleaning your hands after you’re done seems like the quickest,

    easiest precaution. But some drivers might want to have disinfectant

    wipes handy for wiping down the pump handle and the payment keypad

    before pumping.

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    Pump Handle & Keypad

    These precautions ensure that you're not inadvertently transferring the virus from a high-touch surface like a pump to your vehicle’s doorhandle, and from there into the interior and futher. Whichever method you prefer, our best advice is to be prepared ahead of time because washing your hands properly with soap and water at a petrol

    station is not always an easy or feasible option.

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    As we are all aware right now, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact across Australia, and the world.

    We want to reassure you that we have a proactive and practical approach to addressing concerns about this issue. Our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our guests, and our employees.

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