Top tips on avoiding illness as a Private Hire driver

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What you can do to stay healthy when you’re out on the road.

With news of COVID-19 ever-present in national headlines recently, we understand why lots of private hire drivers are concerned. When you need to feel well enough to work to earn money, avoiding illness is often one of your top priorities.

This can feel especially difficult when you come into contact with so many different people every day. However, there are a few ways you can help reduce your chances of getting sick.

In this post, we’ll look at what you can do to stay healthy and provide some top tips on how you can protect yourself against illness.

Wash your hands

According to the NHS, the best way to avoid coming down with any unwanted illness is to wash your hands often, making sure that you use soap and water and washing for at least 20 seconds.

We know that when you work as a private hire driver, you may not have access to facilities to wash your hands all the time. If you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap and water, the best thing to do is to keep some hand sanitiser gel in your car instead.

This is especially important before you take any meal breaks. Most petrol stations have parking and hand-washing facilities where you will be able to stop.

Keep your car clean

Anti-bacterial wipes are a great way to keep the interior of your car clean. At the end of your shift, it’s a good idea to wipe down surfaces, paying close attention to door handles, your steering wheel and window buttons. If you have a cloth interior, it may be worth getting washable seat covers, which you can wipe down at the end of your shift.

It’s also worth your while to keep a good stock of tissues in your car, which you can hand out to any passenger who feels unwell.

Avoid touching your face

Although we can’t be sure about how COVID-19 is transmitted just yet, we know that similar illnesses are spread through cough droplets. It is likely that most people will pick up the virus by coming into contact with it with their hands and then touching their face.

That’s why you shouldn’t touch your face unless you have washed your hands thoroughly first. This applies to all of your eyes, mouth and nose, so it’s best to keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.

Should I wear a face mask?

Although wearing a face mask won’t guarantee that you won’t get sick, they can prove effective in capturing droplets to stop the transmission of illnesses. However, it’s worth noting that wearing a face mask isn’t part of the NHS’s advice on how to avoid catching COVID-19 or other illnesses. Instead, making sure that you clean your hands thoroughly is the best method of prevention.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

However, COVID-19 also shares these symptoms with other illnesses, such as a cold or flu. If you have the symptoms above, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

What should you do if you feel unwell?

If you feel unwell and you are worried that you may have COVID-19, you should stop working straight away and call the NHS 111 helpline. You should not go to your GP, a pharmacy or the hospital. You should then follow the advice that you are given when you call 111.

For more information about COVID-19, as well as how to protect yourself against illness, you can visit the WHO or NHS website or you can read the government’s response.

If you have any questions regarding your Private Hire insurance, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]. Our team are on hand 7 days a week and we’ll be happy to help.