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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for WRPB customers

In this time of uncertainty, our number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of everyone in our communities. As you know, COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak is available on the WHO website. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover. But it can be more severe for others.

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:


Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and those around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
The management and staff at West Rand Panel Beaters are committed to ensuring that we do out bit in the fight to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing is important to us and we ask that you view it as seriously as we are. It’s in your and our best interests.

Check your vehicle to gear up for the cold Highveld winter

Summer has ended and the colder months are well on their way to darken our skies and dampen our spirits. Autumn means shorter days, colourful foliage and of course, rugby season. It’s also a time for you to check your vehicle to gear up for the cold Highveld winter. The change in season means a change in approach to the way you drive. Road conditions become less favourable and potentially dangerous. A change in climate can also have an effect on how your vehicle performs.
Here are three ways to make sure that your vehicle is ready for autumn.
  • Check your tyres
  • Have your battery tested
  • Check your heating is working

Check Your Tyres

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your tyres are perhaps the most important part of your car. As you head into autumn, you should make sure that the tread on your tyres is still up to par. As temperatures drop, so does the air pressure inside your tyre.

Have Your Battery Tested

It’s important to have a well-performing battery in cooler temperatures. Battery capacity decreases significantly in cold weather. So it’s important to have an expert examine the battery to ensure it’s at peak performance. It’s harder on the cells and it robs their battery capacity. Parking a car in a garage, out of the cold, is another way to protect the battery. Have jumper cables handy. This helps if your car breaks down or in case you come across another motorist in need of a jumpstart.

Check Your Heating is Working

Autumn on the Highveld can be bitterly cold. As a result, you will be hoping to warm up when you are in your car. You don’t want to get inside, start your engine, and be greeted by a chilly blast of cold air as the heater refuses to work.
So taking a look at your car’s air conditioning is a good idea, especially if you don’t have a car with climate control. Even then, you will need to ensure that it is working as it should be. Whether this is checking the radiator, or having someone look at your car’s electronics, is a good idea.
You will also need to ensure that your heater is working so that it can clear your windscreen. Often you can’t see if it’s working until you need it, so checking your aircon as a whole is a great piece of car maintenance.
Autumn weather is not as extreme as in the winter, so now is the time to do your car maintenance checks. While it is getting colder, it’s still generally milder than the colder months. If you check now, you can save yourself a major headache further down the road. Think of it as a sort of spring clean for your car, only in the autumn.