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Should be common sense but trust me it's not. Thought I'd share.

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momof4
6502 Rider Driver
 Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You would think what I am about to post would be common sense, that people know how to do it, and always do it & do it correctly. I can assure you it's not common sense, people dont do it correctly, and many yes many dont do it at all. This topic doesnt necessarily have much to do with ride share driving tips.  It's something I feel may help drivers in staying healthy especially now that it's flu season. Although you may do it I can assure you most people dont. I cant afford to be sick nor do I want to be. I am sure all feel the same way.

When I first started driving I would always stop home to use bathroom. I am not a fan at all of public restrooms. I am not a germaphobe but like to stay healthy. I prefer to not have everyone's feces, urine, and whatever else is on their hands be on mine.  Now that drive more frequently and not always near my home I've had to use more public facilities. In the past 6 months the things I've seen when it comes to hand washing is out right disgusting. Most people dont wash their hands, dont use soap, or use a very sm amount rub soap in for 2 secs and rinse. After they wash they turn spigot off with their bare hands and open door with their bare hands. You may as well not even washed your hands. I totally understand you cant keep your hands totally uncontaminated everyday, all day, all the time but you can take steps to lower the risk of contamination. It is so disgusting when leaving your stall and seeing the amount of people who dont bother to wash at all or just rinse them under water no soap. From the moment you walk in the bathroom open stall  door, lock it, flush toilet,  open door, tur...

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You would think what I am about to post would be common sense, that people know how to do it, and always do it & do it correctly. I can assure you it's not common sense, people dont do it correctly, and many yes many dont do it at all. This topic doesnt necessarily have much to do with ride share driving tips.  It's something I feel may help drivers in staying healthy especially now that it's flu season. Although you may do it I can assure you most people dont. I cant afford to be sick nor do I want to be. I am sure all feel the same way.

When I first started driving I would always stop home to use bathroom. I am not a fan at all of public restrooms. I am not a germaphobe but like to stay healthy. I prefer to not have everyone's feces, urine, and whatever else is on their hands be on mine.  Now that drive more frequently and not always near my home I've had to use more public facilities. In the past 6 months the things I've seen when it comes to hand washing is out right disgusting. Most people dont wash their hands, dont use soap, or use a very sm amount rub soap in for 2 secs and rinse. After they wash they turn spigot off with their bare hands and open door with their bare hands. You may as well not even washed your hands. I totally understand you cant keep your hands totally uncontaminated everyday, all day, all the time but you can take steps to lower the risk of contamination. It is so disgusting when leaving your stall and seeing the amount of people who dont bother to wash at all or just rinse them under water no soap. From the moment you walk in the bathroom open stall  door, lock it, flush toilet,  open door, turn spigot on, turn it off, open door. You now touched everything that some people who dont wash their hands have touched. Btw one restroom I used people were throwing their crap ridden toilet paper in the trash can as they didnt want to clog the toilet.  I know totally gross, stupid, and no I dont get their logic. Point being you never know what the hell your touching in these restrooms. Just think, you assume all people wash their hands, you wash and then get a pretzel, sandwhich, donut, etc... pick it up and eat it because you think your hands are clean. I think we all get the pic.

Hopefully you may save yourself a trip to docs or ER, missing time from driving, paying for docs and meds, and just the overall awful pain & suffering of being sick. 

REFRESHER HANDWASHING LESSON

Turn spigot on (warm/ hot water better but cold will do) wet hands, apply soap, rub vigorously palms, between fingers, around fingernails, around & under rings for 20 secs or sing "Happy Birthday" song 2X. Rinse off with hands in downward position. Take papertowel to turn off spigot discard.

Get new papertowel dry hands discard, open door with clean papertowel and discard.  

Pretty easy apparently not to some people. 

Papertowels VS Hand Dryer - depends on what site you read. These have benefits but also risks. I prefer papertowels. The dryers you dip your hands down into (usually gray in color high air pressure )risk touching the sides which then contaminates your hands. 

BIGGEST ISSUE WITH HAND DRYERS - when you flush a toilet especially in public rest rooms it puts particles (bacteria, e coli, etc) in the air. These dryers cause these particles to go everywhere. So everyones germs, feces, etc... now are all over the bathroom. 

YES this is a thing that when flushing toilets it can disperse spores with bacteria, e coli, etc.. in the air)Your toilet at home does the same thing but not as bad as public restrooms as your home toilet flushes are not under as much pressure as the public restroom toilets (they need more pressure as people throw all kinds of crap in public restroom toilets). 

Germs, bacteria are everywhere. Impossible not to have some type of contamination. Impossible to be 100% germ free. Just suggesting washing your hands correctly. Especially in public restrooms as most people in my recent experience are not washing at all, barely washing them, or incorrectly washing them. 

Summary

Wash hands correctly (see above) 

Dont touch anything in bathroom after washing hands unless you use a papertowel. 

For barhrooms that may only have dryers keep a few tissues in pocket or grab toilet paper put in pocket to use to turn spigot off and open door. 

Hope you all have a happy,  healthy, germ free, illness free  winter. Drive safely. 




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    MattC
    Rider Driver
     1 month ago

    Funny you should bring this up as I was just discussing this with a few friends. Some of the bathrooms I've used are absolutely gross. Shit wiped on the wall, seats, trash can. Some people are down right nasty people. Dont understand.  Thanks for the hand washing lesson. Maybe some people will actually learn simething and apply it. Cant believe people out there especially in public bathroom that dont wash their hands. Actually I can believe it dont understand it