As stores and restaurants across the country shut down in light of the spread of Covid-19, some people still need to take Ubers and Lyfts to get around. At this time, the companies are still running and providing services to those in the United States. To protect drivers and users, Forbes compiled a list of tips for both parties to keep in mind.
Safety Tips for Rideshare Drivers
Drivers need to be aware of what steps to take to protect passengers. Because so many people are in and out of their vehicles, it’s likely one of their passengers will have Covid-19. In order to reduce the spread of the virus, drivers should consider the following:
- Don’t drive while sick. No matter what symptoms a driver is dealing with, they should stay home if they feel ill in any capacity. Rideshare companies like Uber are providing sick pay for those diagnosed with Covid-19, so drivers can look into options when it comes to receiving paychecks.
- Regularly sanitize your vehicle. It’s best to use spray disinfectants to clean the inside of cars. Drivers should spray surfaces and let it sit for at least 15 minutes or until it dries. This process should be repeated multiple times throughout the day. Special attention should be paid to door handles, seatbelt buckles, seats, and car controls.
- Open the door for riders. If a healthy driver is the only person touching the door handle, it’s less likely for the virus to spread.
- Refrain from giving out food or beverages. While some rideshare drivers offer bottled water and treats to passengers, this gesture should cease until the risk of spreading the virus is down.
- Let riders know what you’re doing to keep them safe. Passengers will appreciate knowing what drivers are doing to keep them safe.
Safety Tips for Rideshare Users
As a rideshare passenger, it’s important to do what you can to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Take the following tips into consideration:
- Don’t ride sick. If you’re ill, refrain from ordering a rideshare service. Not only would you be putting the driver at risk, but you’d be putting other passengers at risk.
- Protect yourself from contamination. Considering wearing gloves, long sleeves, and an N95 mask to give yourself an added layer of protection in a rideshare car.
- Refrain from touching things inside the vehicle. It’s best to ask the driver to do things like open the door or roll the window down.
- Find out what drivers are doing to protect riders. Your rideshare driver should tell you about the precautions they’re taking to keep passengers safe. If they aren’t doing anything, consider ending the ride.
- Tip your driver. With the spread of the virus, rideshare usage is down. If you’re able to and your driver is taking the necessary precautions to keep you safe, consider repaying that effort with a tip.
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