These are uncertain times during the pandemic, and rather than panic and be in the dark concerning the do’s and don’ts when driving, it’s best that you know which measures to take when motoring both during and after lockdown.
To shed light on matters, we’ve put together a handy list of Covid-19 driving FAQs that vehicle owners all over the country are asking – as well as ones they aren’t.
What journeys am I allowed to make in my car?
As per government advice, it’s recommended that you only make the following trips in your vehicle:
- Travelling to and from work in instances where work cannot be completed from home
- Making a trip to the necessary shops or facilities
- Journeys for medical needs, including pharmacies, donating blood or providing care and help to vulnerable people
- Driving to a location for exercise or outdoor activities
How far can I travel for recreational activities?
If you’re journeying further afield for a dog walk, day trip or exercise, it’s recommended that you avoid tourist hot spots if possible. You should think about how far you need to travel, sticking as close to home as possible, and practising social distancing and face-covering guidelines anywhere you go.
Can I drive to go on holiday here in the UK?
Staycations are being encouraged by the government to boost the economy and dissuade against travelling abroad, however you still need to adhere to guidelines such as social distancing and face coverings when out and about. Some regions may also be prohibiting the mixing of households, so it’s best to check local guidelines before you travel should you be planning to do so with anybody outside of your household or bubble.
Can I share my car with other people?
You should not share your car with anyone outside of your household. Solo journeys are being encouraged where possible at the moment, and you should also avoid travelling with people from other households where possible, ensuring that all parties wear face coverings and distance as much as possible if unavoidable.
Can I use my car if I’m self-isolating?
If you’re self-isolating, it’s recommended that you and your household do so by remaining at home. Even essential travel for the likes of food is advised against, instead have your shopping delivered or brought to you by friends and family without them entering your home.
Is using my car safer than using public transportation?
Given the increased number of people, you’re likely to encounter while using public transportation such as buses, taxis and trains, as well as the increased volume of people that will touch the surfaces of each mode of transportation along the way, travelling in your vehicle is deemed safer.
If you are using public transportation, always wear a face covering, distance from others as much as possible and wash or sanitise your hands before and after each journey.
Can I use my car to visit family and friends?
As of June 1st, groups of up to six people from different households can meet outside so long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to, you can use your car to travel. Support bubbles can also be set up for single adult households.
It’s worth noting that checking in and keeping in touch via the phone and internet are encouraged as a means of staying in contact, while you should also be aware that different regions across the UK are imposing different rules in regards to the rule of six. Always check your local guidelines first.
What should I do if I’m not using my car at the moment?
If you’re using your car less at the moment or indeed not at all for whatever reason, there are ways to save cash and keep your car healthy. Browse our advice on vehicle tax during lockdown and regular car checks for more information.
The information provided by Green Flag is not official health advice, while official government advice concerning Covid-19 can change at any time. Though we do our best to keep all of our information up-to-date, always check the gov.uk website as an official source.
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