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?
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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.