The Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), a pandemic that attacked the world in the beginning of 2020 has given a big shock to the complete world economy. India started considering appropriate precautionary measures to control the spread of the pandemic, which included seal the borders between states and international entries, followed by a complete lockdown. As stated by chief Economist Gita Gopinath, that the world has been put under a “Complete Lockdown”, and expected that the GDP for India is to be 1.9% for the financial year between 2020-21 – down from 5.8% estimated in January and informed that, this is the “worst recession since the Great Depression”. In the bad situation like the one we are presently confronting, the tour and travel industry has been impacted the worst.
The vehicle rental business, that is intemperately contingent upon travel, has now found itself stranded, staring at a substantial time gap before the business is allowed to start. The demand from regular customers looking for Vehicle rentals for long-distance travel and long-term rentals for daily commuting has decreased. The only demand is from essential service providers.
Is it safe to hire a car on the COVID-19 outbreak?
The simple answer is, “Yes, the experts say that it’s safe, if you take the proper precautions without any hesitation”. Most agree that COVID-19 is spread person to person through airborne particles. Even if a surface is fouled with the virus, a person would have to come in contact with that exact area; transfer a sufficient number of particles to their hands; and then touch their mouth, nose, or eyes in order to potentially transmit it to their respiratory system. The risk of all of that taking place is relatively low. On this unexampled time, the safety of our community, coworkers and customers remains our high priority. Car rental service providers are taking measures such as sanitization of vehicles after each ride and providing hand sanitizers to customers to minimize the risk of being infected by the deadly virus. When we have always had a very basic safety training process in place that teaches all employees on the proper cleaning of a vehicle, employees are now being trained to implement new and broader authorizations that include enhanced cleaning guidance for vehicles, shuttles and branch locations, as well as social distancing practices.
Updated rules and procedures
The most major rental car companies have in-depth cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place. They guide their associates to wash, vacuum, wipe down, and sanitize vehicles after each rental with an antimicrobial that meets the requirements of leading health authorities. Keep clean of the major and minor area of a vehicle interior and exteriors which quite a thorough cleaning. The minimal touch deals have become the average. Advance booking through online or via a cell phone are often available to speed the process which helps to reduce or eliminate the spread of a virus.
Additional safety precautions
- Wear a face mask and follow social distancing
- When you are traveling with someone other than immediate family or you are on business with colleagues, wear a mask while in the vehicle.
- Always remember to take antimicrobial wipes and aerosols with you.
- Travel with the window(s) down and air vents open. This helps to keep fresh air circulating and displaces any potentially infectious airborne particles.
- Hire from top most rental service providers who follows all the safety protocols to be more secure.
- You can also be more cautions by wearing gloves while in travel.
- Most importantly, wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
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