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.

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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

What new sports were added to the now delayed 2020 Olympic Games?

The world has been affected by Covid-19 in so many ways. We’ve all had to postpone or cancel so many annual events. Even those that take place less frequently like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were pushed back until 2021. The Olympics have only been cancelled 3 times, once during WWI and twice during WWII; this is the first time they have been delayed. For a select group of athletes and fans, they were particularly disappointed because this was to be the first year for their sport. These new sports will include Sport Climbing, Surfing, Skateboarding, Karate and Baseball/Softball. According to the BBC there will be various events played within each sport. 

Below are some youtube links showing off these amazing sports:

US Olympic Speed Climbing

US Olympic Surfing

US Olympic Skateboard Team

US Karate Team – Sakura Kokumai

Who Would Make TEAM USA Baseball in 2020?

With the addition of the first three listed, it is easy to conclude that the Olympics are trying to appeal to a younger demographic. However, we will have to wait until 2021 to see if their efforts succeed!

Monday: What are the top 3 sunglasses for driving?

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

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 do I disinfect my car?

Our cars are our offices, and we are always inviting other people into our workspaces. More contact with more people means more opportunities for viral spread, unfortunately – but we can reduce the risks by cleaning our vehicles frequently.

However, every car is made up of multiple types of surfaces, and cleaning the wrong way – especially using something like bleach-based cleaners – may damage surfaces in the long run. Since your car is your office, you don’t want to damage your workspace.

In general, you want to be especially careful of any touch screens and leather or cloth interiors. These materials require special care to keep clean, especially over the lifetime of your vehicle. 

This may be the time to look into vinyl seat covers if your car has a leather or cloth interior. Because the care instructions for vinyl are less intense compared to cloth or leather, it may be easier to clean, protecting both you and your rider.

Previous posted on April 2nd, 2020

Tomorrow: How often should you get an oil change?

Benefits for gig workers

Working in the gig economy means you do not have a boss hanging over your shoulder and you have a tremendous amount of freedom. You work whenever you want which is typically what draws people to rideshare and food delivery to name a few. However, you do give up a lot especially when it comes to benefits!  

Recently, I discovered a new company that is offering help to gig workers for a monthly charge. The company is called Kover and I have no affiliation with them but I do find that what they offer could be helpful to many. Their quoting system is based on your data that comes directly from Uber, Lyft, Amazon Flex, Instacart, Postmates, Shipt, and others. Their services include things like sick leave, health insurance, help with deactivation, record keeping, and more. One of the most interesting benefits is income replacement if you are temporarily deactivated from an app. All in all, I believe it is worth your time to check them out!

Tomorrow: Are you following these steps when wearing a mask?

What to look for when buying a mask?

As more and more cities, counties, and states are mandating their citizens wear masks while in public, we thought it was time to review what you should look for when purchasing a mask.

First of all, you should not be wearing an N-95 mask according to the CDC. These masks are still in critical supply and should be left to our healthcare professionals. However, there are still so many other choices making it difficult to figure out which one to purchase.  

USA Today has put together a list of 8 thing to look for when purchasing your mask:

  1. Choose the right fabric – Fabric has different sized spacing between individual yarns, meaning some fabrics will have larger or smaller “holes” depending on the construction and this will affect their effectiveness against the coronavirus.
  2. Tightly woven fabrics offer better protection – Dense and tightly woven fabrics will also offer the best chance of protection because these have the smallest “holes.” 
  3. Multiple layers increase effectiveness – Studies found that multiple layers of fabric increase the effectiveness of filtration of virus particles, but there’s a trade-off—it may be harder to breathe.
  4. Bandanas are not a good choice – A study from a group of engineers at Missouri S&T tested bandanas, pillowcases, and furnace filters for face coverings. Out of these items tested, bandanas performed the worst.
  5. Knit materials tend to stretch and don’t make for the best protection – Knits are made to stretch and when that happens the holes get bigger, which means it’s more likely that viruses can get through.
  6. Filters are effective but can pose a safety risk – While many masks for sale have an additional pocket for a filter, it could potentially do more harm than good. Certain types of household filters contain fiberglass which can be dangerous if inhaled.
  7. It should fit snugly to your face – Aside from fabric type, fit is a factor in the quality of a cloth mask. The mask should fit snugly on your face, covering your mouth and nose with no gaps.
  8. It is better to go with a mask than without – Some people may find wearing masks uncomfortable. If a double-layer tightly woven fabric mask is uncomfortable or makes it hard to breath, try a single-layer, lighter weight fabric or stretchier mask. These may offer less protection than a denser mask, but might be more comfortable to wear.

Knowing what to look for in a mask can make it easier to choose the mask that is right for you. 

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