Some do’s and don’ts on wearing a mask

Wearing a mask is now part of our daily lives. By wearing a mask, we are doing our part to help protect ourselves, our families, and others. As with anything, there are always dos and don’ts for us to follow.

Edward and Elmhurst Health has compiled a very thorough list. For the complete list click on their link but here are some of most enlightening ones below:

Dos:

  • DO ensure your mask has multiple layers of tightly-woven fabric and that you can breathe through it.
  • DO wash your hands before you put on your mask, every time you touch it and immediately after removing it.
  • DO know the proper way to put on and remove the mask. (See the previous blog on April 14th)
  • DO consider wearing a mask at home if you live and interact with older adults or someone who is immunocompromised.

DON’TS:

  • DON’T push your mask down on your chin to eat or drink. Remove it completely, perform hand hygiene, and then put it back on snugly when finished.
  • DON’T wear a mask that hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly, or that is soiled, torn, saturated, damaged, or has any distortions in shape or form.
  • DON’T let the mask provide a false sense of security. You can still get infected by touching your eyes (which aren’t covered by a face mask).

The CDC is another great resource with information on mask-wearing that is based on science. Please continue to wear your mask until the scientific experts tell us not to.

*Previously posted on 8/26/2020

Tomorrow: 3 tips on dealing with customer service at both Uber and Lyft

What is the best cell phone holder?

A cell phone holder has become an essential accessory for any car owner. Whether you use it for GPS, to play your favorite tunes or to simply talk with someone hands free, you need a holder that works well.

The variety of holders out there seems endless but there are 2 basic things to consider when making a purchase: how will it be mounted to your car and how will it hold onto your phone? Motor Day has compiled a list of 25 holders and their top 5 are a great starting point:

  1. Penom Magnetic Phone Car Mount is how reliable it and how easy is it to use
  2. Bosynoy Cell Phone Holder for Car – adheres to your dashboard using a mildly sticky pad that keeps it in place.
  3. Arteck Universal Mobile Phone Car Holder – one of the cheapest cell phone holders for cars on market
  4. WizGear Universal Magnetic Car Mount Holder – a rugged cell phone holder that isn’t going to break with regular use, like some cheap models.
  5. Baseus Air Vent Compatible Car Phone Mountthe most costly cell phone holder for cars in our top five. The design of the bracket that holds the phone in place. The gravity-sensing bracket grips extra tightly when the phone is upside down so it won’t fall out.

There are a lot of great choices so choose what’s right for you.

Tomorrow: Top 3 places to buy your new tires online

What to look for when buying sunglasses for driving?

Sunglasses are not just a cool accessory – they can also help to protect your eyes, especially when you spend a lot of time behind the wheel. We often hear about polarized sunglasses and how great they are for driving because they reduce glare from the sun. Unfortunately, these types of sunglasses also make it difficult to clearly see anything on your phone, including your GPS. So what are some options that will work with our phones while cutting down on glare?

Accordion to Select Specs there are 2 key factors to consider when when choosing a your new sunglasses;

Lens Color – “The best lenses for driving sunglasses are grey and brown because they are colour-neutral, meaning they do not alter how colours appear when worn. Many sunglasses specifically designed for drivers also feature yellow and amber-toned lenses, which can help to enhance contrast and definition.” Stay away from lens colors that are pink, blue and green as they can alter the color red, like those coming from a car’s brake lights!

Tint Density – “Whichever (safe!) colour lenses you opt for, tint density is another important consideration.” Tint density is rated on a  scale of 0 (clear) to 4 (very dark), and is the most important factor for determining how much light is able to reach the wearer’s eyes. By law, all sunglasses need to be marked with their applicable density number. The best density for driving is a 3.” The highest density is a 4 but it is much too dark for driving!

All other factors like frame style and color are really secondary when it comes to what is truly best. 

Shopping for sunglasses during a pandemic can be difficult, But there are lots of online options. Some online retailers like Amazon, Zenni Optical and Warby Parker all have great return policies making shopping for just the right pair a safe possibility!

Tomorrow: 3 super cool gadgets for your car

Some rideshare companies you may not have heard of

Obviously, we all have heard of both Uber and Lyft but are these the only players? There have been companies like Juno, who have tried and failed to find a place in the market – but that doesn’t mean you need to stick with Uber or Lyft as the only options.

SpotOn has been around for a few years with service in the 5 boroughs of New York City. They are going after riders who wish to ride with their pets or even have their pet transported to a vet or grooming appointment on their own. Their rides are typically scheduled in advance so as a driver, you have the ability to plan your day around your assigned rides. They offer driver pay higher than both Uber and Lyft and have plans for expansion to other cities in the US.

HopSkipDrive is another rideshare company that has been around since 2015. They offer service in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Colorado, Washington, D.C. and they too have plans for further expansion. They provide parents with a safe way to transport their children by themselves. All rides are scheduled by the parent and all drivers go through an extensive vetting process for safety. HopSkip Drive has partnered with many schools districts and counties to provide a safe alternative transportation for kids.

Wingz has also been around for several years and operates in 16 metropolitan areas throughout the US. They offer scheduled flat rate riders as well as delivery and errand trips for the customers. Users have the ability to select a favorite driver or errand person creating an advantage for both their customers and drivers alike. Drivers may find their cancellation policy very attractive as the driver receives the full fare if the scheduled ride is canceled with less than a two hour notice!

If you are looking for an alternative rideshare company, you do have choices and there are new ones popping up all the time.

Tomorrow: What are the top 3 collectables in the US?

Lyft provides car dividers for its cars

Lyft announced it would be installing plexiglass dividers in its Express Driver rental program back in July. It was to be rolled out first in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Phoenix, Dallas and New York City with other cities to follow according to Fox Business.

CNET reported that Lyft would be installing partitions to some drivers for free while others would have to pay $50 for installation.

In a previous post back in June, we discussed the availability of dividers online through companies like Amazon and others. These dividers have been used in the Taxi industry for years but their purpose was to protect drivers from violence and theft. Now they are being installed for protection from a virus but is that all the protection we need? An ABC affiliate in Sacramento recently interviewed Dr. Tom Hopkins at Sutter Health Roseville who said this about the dividers, “It’s something. It’s a barrier between a person who could potentially have COVID-19 or any germs.You still have to pay attention to social distancing. Hand washing and sanitize your environment.”

So even with a barrier, follow the safety guidelines set by your rideshare company like wearing a mask, washing your hands and practicing social distancing!

Tomorrow: Some rideshare companies you may not have heard of!

Some do’s and don’ts on wearing a mask

Wearing a mask is now part of our daily lives. By wearing a mask, we are doing our part to help protect ourselves, our families, and others. As with anything, there are always dos and don’ts for us to follow.

 

Edward and Elmhurst Health has compiled a very thorough list. For the complete list click on their link but here are some of most enlightening ones below:

 

Dos:

  • DO ensure your mask has multiple layers of tightly-woven fabric and that you can breathe through it.
  • DO wash your hands before you put on your mask, every time you touch it and immediately after removing it.
  • DO know the proper way to put on and remove the mask. (See the previous blog on April 14th)
  • DO consider wearing a mask at home if you live and interact with older adults or someone who is immunocompromised.

 

DON’TS:

  • DON’T push your mask down on your chin to eat or drink. Remove it completely, perform hand hygiene, and then put it back on snugly when finished.
  • DON’T wear a mask that hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly, or that is soiled, torn, saturated, damaged, or has any distortions in shape or form.
  • DON’T let the mask provide a false sense of security. You can still get infected by touching your eyes (which aren’t covered by a face mask).

The CDC is another great resource with information on mask-wearing that is based on science. Please continue to wear your mask until the scientific experts tell us not to.

Tomorrow: AB5 in California and what it really means

Help with putting food on your table

For many people including rideshare drivers, the extra $600 per week they were receiving has ended. There is hope that the Federal Government will pass legislation soon to continue this program but right now people are struggling. As a result, drivers are returning to the rideshare platforms in increasing numbers even though ridership is down 56% according to Statista

 

Food insecurity is very real in this country for many, including drivers. People are turning to food banks as a way to put food on their tables. Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization. They have seen a 30% increase in demand across their network of food banks. If you need help, can donate, or have time to volunteer, this is an amazing organization that has been helping Americans for more than 35 years.  

Tomorrow: Some do’s and don’ts of wearing a mask

Today’s Cannon Ball Run

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have all seen a dramatic decrease in traffic. People are staying home instead of driving to work or activities, which makes essential trips to the grocery store – or driving for rideshare! – a lot faster.

Some people have been using this no traffic time for less essential, more dangerous kinds of driving: the Cannonball Run. The Cannonball Run is a kind of cross-country car show, as quickly as possible. As the saying goes, don’t try this at home! It is highly illegal. Traveling on the freeway over 100 mph is often considered reckless driving; in California, it’s a felony. 

To be clear, we are in no way advocating speeding. However, it is fun to think about crossing the country in record time. According to Driving Canada, a new record was recently set – just 26 hours from NYC to Redondo Beach in California.

That is crazy to think about! It seems like something out of a movie. In real life, it is reckless. Imagine how terrible their rating would be on an app? The passenger would be terrified! (And also very far away from home.)

Especially as we open up again from shelter in place, stay safe! When you speed, you not only risk your life but also the lives of others.

Previously posted June 13th, 2020

Monday: Help with putting food on your table

Dividers in your car?

The Coronavirus has changed so many aspects of our lives. We’re washing our hands more thoroughly than ever, wearing a mask is the new norm, and staying six feet away from the next person is the recommendation. But what about in your car?

Uber’s new policy has both rider and driver wearing a mask. Also, the passenger can only sit in the back seat and the windows are rolled down. Is there anything else we can do?

A lot of drivers are looking to install a partition between the front and back seats for additional protection. While it is up to you if you want to go this extra step, I’ve done some internet searches to see what’s available. I’ve seen everything from dividers made from plastic shower curtains to perfectly cut plexiglass that was professionally installed. Amazon has a wide range of products to choose from with price points to match. Here is the link for the one pictured above in this blog and is available from Amazon.

The challenge with Amazon is going to be to try and find one that fits, looks good, and protects you and your rider from the virus. Furthermore, you want to make sure that the divider won’t become a hazard should you get into an accident. Because each car’s interior design is different, I believe it will be difficult to find one that fits your car through an online purchase. I’m not saying you shouldn’t try but be prepared to make several purchases and returns.

Of course, Amazon is not the only retailer offering partitions. You can also try companies like Rideshare Safety Partition – they are selling dividers as well and are worth a look.

This is your safety at stake so I suggest you spend some money and do it the right way. Have it cut and installed by a professional. Check with an auto repair shop that deals with the Limousine Industry. Limousine operators have been ramping up for their return and they have been installing these dividers in their fleets of cars with great success. 

One last thing to remember is that this installation is for your business. Business expenses are a tax write-off so save your receipts!

Previously posted June 11th, 2020

Tomorrow: Time to talk about tires

How often should you get an oil change?

Getting an oil change is an important part of keeping your car in good operating order. Most late model cars require that we use synthetic oil because it has fewer impurities. Each car requires a specific grade of synthetic for its make and model. This information can usually be found in your owner’s manual but your oil change service center will also know.

According to AAA, most cars now come with an oil maintenance monitoring system that will notify you when it’s time for a change. Some systems operate simply on mileage but more advanced systems look at the degradation of the oil-based on driving habits. With all of the heavy driving we do, lots of stops and starts and driving short trips means we need to change the oil more frequently than most. Putting off an oil change can be costly. Firestone Complete Auto Care says that if you go long enough without an oil change, it could eventually cost you your car. Once motor oil becomes sludge, it no longer draws heat from the engine. The engine might overheat and either blow a gasket or seize up. So do not ignore that service required/oil maintenance light when it comes on! 

With fewer oil changes we are less likely to check the oil level in our cars. AAA also recommends checking the oil level every 600 or 700 miles to be safe. Your car may be burning quicker than you think.

Simply put, checking your oil as well as changing it out regularly, is one of the least expensive car maintenance tasks we can do, saving you from some really expensive auto repairs or even the loss of your car!

Previously posted on June 2nd, 2020

Tomorrow: Dividers in your car?