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Keeping Your Vehicle Safe during COVID-19

Keep Vehicle Safe

Keeping your vehicle clean is an important part of practicing good hygiene and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can help protect yourself and your family by increasing the cleaning and disinfection of your vehicle, including these high touch areas:

  • Key fob
  • Door handles (both exterior and interior)
  • Seat belts
  • Steering wheel
  • Gear shift
  • Arm rest
  • Dashboard
  • Vehicle controls (window buttons, cooling/heating knobs or buttons, touch screens and radio dials)

Most regular household cleaners are fine to use. It is recommended you generously spray a cloth and use the cloth to wipe down controls to avoid any damage.

To avoid damage to surfaces, avoid excessive wiping and cleaners that include these chemicals:

  • Any chlorine-based cleaner, such as bleach
  • Solvents such as acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride or toluene
  • Ammonia (i.e. Windex)
  • Ethyl alcohol

Cleaning your vehicle can serve as a great opportunity to get out of the house and get some fresh air while maintaining safe physical distancing.

Don’t let your car battery drain

Did you know that computers in newer vehicles continue to perform passive diagnostics, even when the vehicle is turned off? This can drain your vehicles battery without you even knowing; and you may not have enough power to start your car when you really need it.

If your vehicle is not being used as often these days, start it periodically (at least once a week) to ensure the battery doesn’t lose its charge. If you do find your battery is dead as a result of the vehicle sitting too long, it will need to be properly boosted and left running for approximately 20 minutes to allow the battery time to recharge and for the alternator to cool off.

We hope you find these vehicle tips helpful in keeping you and your family safe, and your car full of power when you need it most.

Learn more about York Region’s response to COVID-19 at

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