When asked if it’s safe to test drive vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to be aware of and understand all U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local guidelines. The following precautions can aide to ensure your operation mitigates exposure to the coronavirus when providing test drives.
To help limit the chance of COVID-19 exposure during Test Drives:
- Test drives should be limited to two people (client & sales associate).
- Prior to all test drives, both should take their temperature with a no contact thermometer.
- Both the client and sales associate should also wear masks and gloves, and a seat cover should be installed in the driver’s seat.*
Coronavirus prevention measures should also include social distancing:
- While on the road, the sales associate should sit in the rear passenger seat for CDC-recommended social distancing.
- Test drives should take place for a 10-minute maximum duration and the car’s recirculated air option should remain off; use the car’s vents to bring in the fresh outside air and/or lower the vehicle’s windows.1
- Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned before and after every test drive.
When it comes to precautions for coronavirus, drivers should feel confident when they get behind the wheel of their dream vehicle. Auto dealerships should stay up to date on all of the latest coronavirus news, including the most current CDC guidance, and make sure to adapt their safety protocols as the situation changes.
*Always follow CDC guidelines for safe practices.
1 Interim Guidance for Transporting or Arranging Transportation by Air into, from, or within the United States of People with COVID-19 or COVID-19 Exposure, www.cdc.gov/quarantine/interim-guidance-transporting