As we near the end of year, many families will be going away on holiday.

The difference is that this time they will need to cope with the challenges Covid-19 presents as we ride the second wave of the pandemic.

Managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert said always keep a hand sanitiser in the car and ensure you sanitise your hands before you leave the car at rest stops and upon your return.

Here are tips to travelling safely this festive season.

•Additionally, use every opportunity to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water

•Sanitise the car regularly throughout the trip. Use an alcohol-based disinfectant on surfaces including the door, door handles, dashboard, steering wheel, gearstick, handbrake, radio, arm rests and the seat.

•Alcohol-based disinfectants will not damage the car as long as you do not soak the surfaces and do not use it on infotainment systems.

•Keep a plastic bag that you can place items such as the cloth you use to sanitise the vehicle in to remove and clean at the end of the day.

•Be sure that everyone in the car has a face mask handy that can be worn in a roadblock or at rest stops.

•If you will be making use of public transport, ensure that windows are open and that you wear your face mask throughout the trip.

As many people head to their holiday destinations as the second wave emerges in South Africa, drivers should not forget the Covid-19 protocols instituted earlier this year. “In order to keep your family safe and reduce the strain on the public healthcare system, follow these tips as you spend time on the road this festive season,” said Herbert.