By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Friday, December 4, 2020
The festive season has arrived and many of us will be going out for a few Christmas drinks with family, friends and work colleagues.
But no matter who you’re celebrating with, if you’re drinking, make sure you leave the car at home and opt for a rideshare or taxi service.
Though Australia has relatively few new COVID-19 cases, it’s still important we take precautions while travelling in taxis or rideshare vehicles. After all, the only thing you want to spread at this time of year is Christmas cheer.
What taxi and rideshare companies are doing
Rideshare and taxi companies have implemented several measures to help keep you and their drivers safe.
Next time you jump in an Uber or taxi, you might notice it’s a bit different from your usual ride. First, you’re probably going to have to sit in the back to help with social distancing.
If it isn’t too cold, the driver might roll down the windows to help with ventilation and it’s likely a bottle of sanitiser will be available to clean your hands. In warmer weather the driver could put the air-conditioning on fresh air rather than recirculate.
Behind the scenes, drivers are cleaning their cars regularly with disinfectant to ensure they remain clean and safe for passengers.
What you can do
There are a few things you can do to keep safe when you’re travelling in an Uber or taxi.
Firstly, in South Australia it’s recommended you wear a mask when it’s not possible to socially distance. This includes when you’re travelling on public transport.
So, it’s probably best you mask-up next time you travel in a taxi, Uber or other rideshare service.
Before jumping in the vehicle, you should consider your own health. If you’re feeling sick with any COVID-19 symptoms – like a cough, sore throat, or runny nose – stay home.
This will keep the driver safe and help limit the spread of the virus. When you do catch a taxi or Uber, wash your hands before and after you take a ride.
If the window isn’t open, roll it down to improve ventilation, and sit in the back to give the driver space.