March 23, 2020

RACQ has urged drivers to take precautions at petrol stations with concerns filling up at the bowser could spread COVID-19.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said on Monday members had raised concerns about the virus potentially spreading via the handling of fuel pumps.

“We’re urging everyone to follow the recommendations of health experts and take measures to protect themselves,” Ms Smith said.

“Don’t get complacent when filling up the car. Touching a pump should be like touching any other surface. Simple hand-washing techniques taken by all would prevent this from occurring.

“While some service stations may provide disinfectant wipes, drivers shouldn’t solely rely on these being available and should use their own wipes or hand sanitiser if necessary.

“Motorists may also want to wipe down their steering wheel and door handles as well, and remember to keep a 1.5 metre distance when lining up to pay for their fuel.”

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