Motorists turn their car into a temporary office for coronavirus lockdown in latest craze

Motorists turn their car into a temporary office for coronavirus lockdown in latest craze

Office workers can get away from their homes and use their vehicles as separate working space under radical plans. Purchasing an additional desk attachment will easily fit a keyboard and laptop while a mouse can be balanced on storage space between the driver and passenger seats. 

Mark Tongue, director of elect car Leasing says working from a car could prove vital for a quiet conference call or to focus on time-sensitive deadlines. 

He said: “We are seeing on social media quite a few people transforming vehicles that are parked up on the driveway into working-from-home sanctuaries. 

“It seems to be an especially handy option for those who need quiet time for a conference call without the kids screaming in the background.

“Workers trying to focus on pressing deadlines can also hop in their cars and get on with the job in peace.”

Motorists should not be using their vehicles except for essential journeys under the new coronavirus lockdown rules. 

The government views essential purposes as shopping for food or medicines, travelling to work if you are a key worker or helping vulnerable residents. 

Police can issue fines of up to £60 to motorists caught travelling for non-essential reasons although fines can be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. 

However, simply using the office on your driveway could have benefits for many who are bored of staying inside their homes. 

Psychotherapist Lohani Noor says vehicles can be used for therapy sessions and offer escapism from the home. 

She said: “I’m actively encouraging people to think of all their resources during this very stressful time, and one of the best for privacy and downtime is your car or van. 

“If you’ve got a vehicle you have got space outside your house to get some privacy. The car is a really big mental health resource right now.”

Working in your car could remind yourself to regularly start an engine to keep the car’s battery well maintained. 

Car batteries are likely to become flat if not used for a prolonged period under lockdown and must be turned on regularly to charge. 

The AA says an engine should be charged at least once a week and allowed to run for around 15 minutes to allow for a proper top-up. 

Published at Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:04:00 +0000