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Is my dad or am I? - Car sharing

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foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 10:23:05

DDad has gone to work today in his friend's car who is driving (friend works at the same place). Prior to this, DDad was driving himself to work in his own car.

Is this OK? I know about "essential car sharing" but this isn't essential.

I want to apply common sense here, hoping you can all share your views.

DDad lives with his parents but he is distancing from them in the house.

We are all ethnic minorities. Hope that covers everything.

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Flowersinthewild Tue 26-May-20 10:25:15

Why did he stop driving himself to work?

They work together so they are in contact throughout the day I take it?

foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 10:27:58

No reason for stopping driving himself to work. They will take turns driving each other (well that is his plan).

Yes they are probably in contact throughout the day, but that would be their own choice and not because they work in the same department (I don't think they do).

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StrawberryJam200 Tue 26-May-20 10:28:57

What guidance has been given about car sharing?

I heard someone from Vauxhall Cars on the radio this morning saying when they reopen sales rooms and do test drives, the employee will sit in the back on the opposite side of the car to the customer. I was surprised that was allowed really.

Flowersinthewild Tue 26-May-20 10:31:29

They have made their choice then, I would leave alone.

foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 10:35:41

I heard somewhere that "essential car sharing" is allowed.

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foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 10:36:22

@flowersinthewild I can try and dissuade him if the majority think he is being unreasonable

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CoatTails Tue 26-May-20 10:37:37

I think it’s ok

Washyourhandsyoufilthyanimal Tue 26-May-20 10:37:43

That’s fine

66redballons Tue 26-May-20 10:38:03

It’s fine I think. Honestly, we have to emerge from hibernation at some point. Just my opinion, not based on “the science”.
They will see each other at work.

foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 10:46:43

Is it still ok given the fact that they are both sitting in the front and there's no distancing?

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GabriellaMontez Tue 26-May-20 10:49:51

This is my opinion.

Keep the windows open. If it's a short ish well ventilated journey, its probably less risky than sitting in an office next to someone all day. Would they both agree to both wear a mask?

ProseccoBubbleFantasies Tue 26-May-20 10:51:37

Ask yourself, what would dominic do?
Then do that

MissEliza Tue 26-May-20 10:52:16

I read car sharing with windows open is allowed as an alternative to using public transport. Therefore, if you're df were doing it instead of going on the bus, it would be reasonable. However, you say he's got a car, so it's not.

Flowersinthewild Tue 26-May-20 10:53:03

I personally think it’s fine.

ChateauMargaux Tue 26-May-20 11:05:01

Common sense says that if both parties are symptom free and have no underlying conditions, this is OK.

saraclara Tue 26-May-20 11:05:46

He has his own car, so the sharing isn't essential. Also if they don't work in the same department, then it's not as though they'd be in close contact anyway.

So no, it's an unnecessary risk.

foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 11:07:23

@ProseccoBubbleFantasies hahahaha brilliant

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foodislifewifi Tue 26-May-20 11:08:01

Don't think windows down is possible, motorway with fast speeds

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GalesThisMorning Tue 26-May-20 11:09:27

It's fine if neither one of them have gets the virus. As that's impossible to know and maintain why risk it? Presumably their workplace is putting measures in place to enact social distancing, so they're at more risk in the car than in the workplace.

When I return to work I, unfortunately, won't continue to car share as long as we're still being told to social distance because the two don't square up!

GalesThisMorning Tue 26-May-20 11:09:57

Has or gets the virus

NearlyGranny Tue 26-May-20 11:18:49

It's not essential, though, is it? And a car is a very special case as it's a sealed capsule of air. It's an unnecessary risk. Neither of them can be certain they aren't infectious and it's not the same as working together unless they are astronauts!

It they persist, the passenger should sit in the back nearside seat diagonally from the driver and they should have the ventilation set to draw fresh air into the vehicle. It's still a stupid idea.

The more people who grow lax and complacent about their state of alertness, the greater the chance of a second spike and another, fiercer lockdown.

GabriellaMontez Tue 26-May-20 11:22:55

How long will they be on the car?

Iwalkinmyclothing Tue 26-May-20 11:57:56

They work together.

If they both used public transport they could be on that together.

It doesn't seem they are BU to me.

sirfredfredgeorge Tue 26-May-20 12:10:43

If they cannot use a sensible form of transport then sharing a car is considerably better option.

If they are at high risk, they should be shielding, if not they should not be driving around in single occupier cars.


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