Disinfecting your car

With drivers spending more time on the road after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, cleaning and disinfecting your car is more crucial than your regular clean.
disinfecting steering wheel

RACQ's Motoring Advice team advises disinfecting your car is only necessary if a surface has been contaminated with infectious material. Disinfectants will not work on a dirty surface.

It is recommended that you also wear suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as disposable gloves and a face mask.

You should pay attention to high-touch areas such as:

  • Steering wheel.
  • Gear selector.
  • Door handles, inner and outer.
  • Touch displays.
  • Audio and climate control systems.
  • Arm rests.
  • Anywhere directly in the firing line of a sneeze or cough.

As these surfaces can be quite textured for grip, they may require extra effort to clean.

Routine mechanical (rubbing) cleaning with a suitable detergent and water followed by rinsing with clean water and drying is the best method for removing germs from surfaces.

A clean cloth should be used each time and this can either be one that is disposable or able to be washed in a washing machine.

Any detergent that is to be used should be purchased from a car parts supplier and tested on a small discreet area of each individual trim material before use

Don't use any type of bleach or hydrogen peroxide on your car's interior.

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The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.