Clean your car to limit virus spread

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is urging drivers to upgrade vehicle hygiene practices to help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

In addition to following all government hygiene protocols, below are some measures that may further reduce the spread of the disease.

    • Use disinfectant wipes to clean ‘high-contact’ surfaces in cars every time they’re used.
    • High-contact surfaces can include door handles, steering wheels, gear shift knobs, shift paddles, indicator and wiper stalks and entertainment or navigation systems. Vehicle key fobs, seats, interior grab handles, doors, armrests, additional display screens, cup holders and air-conditioning vents could also be wiped down after vehicle use.
    • Limit vehicle passengers as much as possible to maximise social distance.
    • Take care not to damage vinyl, plastic, paint or other surface coatings with aggressive chemicals such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide or high concentration alcohol sanitiser. While these chemicals will disinfect the surface, they may discolour them or remove surface coatings.
    • Take particular care when refuelling your vehicle and ensure that hands are washed or sanitised after handling fuel pumps and touching cash or EFT terminals and any other public surfaces during the transaction.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said taking these simple measures can help stem the rising tide of infections without affecting mobility.

“As social distancing measures limit transportation options, Australians are looking to their cars as a more isolated means to conduct essential travel, and in some cases are even receiving vital infection screening from their vehicle.”

“Maintaining hygiene can assist in preventing transmission. It is just as important as cleaning any other surface. Cars should be sanitised every time they are entered or exited.”

“With common sense and consistency, we can help to limit the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the impact of disrupting essential mobility,” Mr Weber said.

Additional information about sanitising practice can be found here and here.

Have you been sanitising your vehicle in the past month? Do you clean after every outing?

Paul Murrell is a motoring writer and creator of, which specialises in “car advice for people whose age and IQ are both over 50”. This article first appeared on

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Written by Paul Murrell

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