Having been cooped up for months to slow the spread of Covid-19 doggedly, Canadians are eagerly looking to get outdoors again and make the most of the summer. Expecting people to sit at home when the sun’s hot and the lake waters are cool is too much to ask as the lockdowns are easing. Road trips – daylong and overnight – will be the norm in the coming months, which is why we are sharing safety tips for travelling after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Your driving skills may be a little rusty after a prolonged spell of sitting at home. Don’t just go out there and put the pedal to the metal.

Whether you are travelling to a cottage in the Muskokas, renting an Airbnb, or visiting a lodge or campsite, make sure you take these safety precautions.

Tips for keeping safe during road trips outside the city

  • Are you allowed to travel to the city/province/country you plan to visit?

Covid-19 has caused many countries and Canadian provinces to close their border to non-essential travel. Especially for those commuting or travelling across the U.S. border, this is a huge impediment. Make sure you are permitted entry before travelling. Also, check if your destination has a minimum self-isolation/quarantine period, usually 14 days. This is true when you return to your home province, too as you may be legally required to quarantine for two weeks after your trip.

  • Watch out for Covid-19 hot spots.

Big cities like Toronto, Mississauga and Montreal have had greater numbers of Covid-19 cases and are seen as potential hot spots for the disease. Make sure you don’t risk exposure to people in more isolated communities outside these cities. Cottage country is particularly vulnerable this time of year as people from the city travel to cottages and frequent bars and restaurants.

  • Avoid the usual tourist hubs.

The Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park, Wasaga Beach and the Muskokas are examples of popular tourist spots in the summer. Expect lighter than usual throngs of people, but these areas are still avoided. Try and find less crowded destinations off the beaten path.

  • Check your route in advance.

The roads may not be closed, but gas stations, diners and stores may very well be. Check ahead to see if rest stops, gas stations and auto repair shops are open along your route. Even if some of these places are open, they may operate at reduced capacity due to physical distancing. Washrooms at local pumps and many cafes are closed for safety, so make sure you scout ahead. Best to carry a picnic lunch and plenty of water too.

Carry these things in your rental car

  • Food
  • Water
  • Maps
  • Masks
  • Lysol wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap

What are some tips for reducing the risk of Covid-19?

Take these precautions to keep yourself and others safe from Covid-19 transmission when you are out and about.

  • Wash your hands with soap frequently.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless necessary
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces
  • Avoid contact with anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19
  • Have emergency contact information handy in case you feel yourself developing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing

Sanitized rental cars in Mississauga

Whether you are planning a trip around Toronto or flying in from another city, make sure your airport rental car or Mississauga rental car is well-sanitized. At Advantage Car Rental, we are taking extra care to keep vehicles clean and sanitized between hires. To find the best car rental rates, use our OnDemand app.