QOTD: What Auto-Related Pandemic Behavior Will Stay With You?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
qotd what auto related pandemic behavior will stay with you

The pandemic isn’t over, but here in the U.S., we’re rolling toward normalcy, and assuming nothing drastic changes, we’ll get there as more folks get vaccinated.

Hopefully, the rest of the world will follow in fairly short order.

Of course, normalcy might be defined a little differently going forward. Many of us have made behavioral changes to avoid getting sick with the coronavirus this past year, and some of us may continue to engage in those behaviors going forward for one reason or another.

I’ve talked to folks who say they will continue to mask up, at least some of the time, because masking up has not only helped keep them COVID-free but also helped them avoid colds and the flu.

As for me, I’ve been keeping a small spray bottle of hand sanitizer that’s sold at Walgreen’s in the car. Not just because I swap cars every week, but also because I can’t afford Instacart on a blogger salary and have had to venture into the grocery store to feed myself. I’ve done so throughout the pandemic, and while we know the virus is mostly spread via droplets, it still gives me some peace of mind to know that if there is any virus on my hands, I can kill it before I touch my face.

I was never the type of person to carry Purell around pre-pandemic, though I’ve always been a diligent hand-washer. But I might become that person post-pandemic. At the very least, I can see keeping a bottle of sanitizer in the car foreseeable future. At least until I run out one day, well after the world is fully reopened and the threat of the virus is diminished, forget to replace it, and quietly go back to the old ways.

What automotive-related change have you made because of the pandemic? Will you be keeping sanitizer in the car like me? Wearing a mask in an Uber even if it’s no longer required? Driving more, either for fun or to avoid public transit? Something else?

Sound off below.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jun 02, 2021

    Not watching TV News anymore. Not watching new Hollywood movies anymore.

    • Slavuta Slavuta on Jun 02, 2021

      Bingo. F### hollywood. Stopped going to the movies 5 years ago. So many good foreign movies on u-tube

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 02, 2021

    I should answer the question, "What Auto-Related Pandemic Behavior Will Stay With You?" I stopped taking long multi-day road trips to other parts of BC or elsewhere. That's really my only pandemic driving behavior change. I'll resume those trips eventually. I spend a lot of time in the backcountry but that was happening anyway. The pandemic just accelerated my timelines.

  • Analoggrotto As we Tesla owners receive our life energy from the greatest son of the gods of all time, Elon Musk; His cherubs and His nephilim may remove whatever they wish from us for unto him we owe all for our superiority above all the rest of humanity.
  • Kcflyer Nice to see California giving NY some competition to be the worst run state in the union.
  • Wolfwagen I see my comment was deleted (BTW nice way to censor) so i will say it again:GTFO here with the pseudo "wealth distribution" BS. A crime is a crime is a crime.Its a slippery slope, what happens next, Jail a rich guy when he kills a pedestrian and let the poor guy who kills a pedestrian walk? What about if the poor guy is a crappy driver and has the record to prove it then what?Or we could go crazy and just institute the death penalty across the board for every driving infraction. That will make people better drivers or stop driving altogether which will make the greenies happy (damm it I just gave them an idea - SOB!!!)
  • Wolfwagen No. Bring back the J80 with an inline six and reduced electronics (i.e. no giant touch screen) and they will probably sell like hotcakes
  • David S. " test vehicles sometimes make sudden stops when uncertain about how to navigate traffic."??? Test vehicles are programmed by humans, HUMANS sometimes make sudden stops when uncertain about how to navigate traffic, Duh!!