When it comes to their personal safety, the pandemic is likely to be at the forefront of most people’s thinking as they return to regular business travel. But they also need to be mindful of the other risks they faced before the pandemic. As it may have been some time since most people last traveled regularly, now is the time to provide a reminder of some of the things they can do to keep themselves safe.
When using a taxi or ride-hailing
- Pre-arrange chauffeured services with a trusted company with clear security and cleanliness standards.
- Only enter a vehicle after confirming it is the pre-arranged vehicle, by verifying the license plate, driver name, etc.
- Never share a ride with a stranger.
- Put your luggage in the taxi trunk yourself to make sure it doesn’t get stolen.
- Avoid putting your valuables on the seat, placing them instead on the floor near your feet.
- Keep windows up and doors locked to avoid theft and always use seatbelts.
When using public transportation
- Check that it is safe and reliable.
- Ensure services are operating from the airport at time of arrival, and that it’s safe to use them at this time.
- Avoid using it during peak travel hours when services may be overcrowded or full.
- Wear face masks, follow social distancing, and wear gloves or avoid touching handrails, poles, etc.
- Use contactless payment or have the right amount ready when paying by cash.
When taking the train
- Check in online and use electronic tickets.
- Use self-service kiosks to minimize staff contact at the station.
- Pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to clean frequently-touched surfaces.
- Minimize movement around the train.
- Consider bringing their own food and beverages for long trips.
- Store your luggage within sight, if possible.
- Select a window seat if possible, to minimize contact with passing passengers.
When using a rental car
- Inspect the vehicle for its safety features, correct tire inflation,
tread and spare wheel, adequate fuel level, and tools.
- Confirm the fuel type and how to refuel the car.
- Check the vehicle conforms to the latest health & safety and cleanliness standards, particularly those relating to COVID-19.
- Ensure the car rental agency provides an emergency contact number.
- Consider local weather conditions, which may warrant extra safety features, such as wheel chains or snow tires.
- Have a valet park the car to reduce the risks of the walk from the parking area to the hotel entrance (once valet parking services resume).
- Rent cars online and pick up from select locations without having to enter rental offices.
- Familiarize themselves with local traffic laws before getting behind the wheel.
- Always wear a seat belt, and never drink and drive.