Tuesday, shortly after 8 a.m. The TÜV appointment is waiting for the 9-3 Aero. The approximately 60 kilometers of motorway to Frankfurt are usually characterized by heavy traffic, traffic jams. Not particularly enjoyable as a rule, but on this day everything is different! The first meters on the A3 show the route unusually empty. I guess the journey through Coronaland begins. Where commuters should drive towards Frankfurt, 90% of trucks dominate today.
Free travel that is not a pleasure on this day. Although the weather is perfect, the sun is shining and temperatures are mild in the spring. The turbo enthusiastically sniffs the morning air, my mood remains subdued. I change from the almost empty A3 to the A45. It is similarly free, even from Hanau it doesn't get crowded towards Frankfurt. The Saab rolls with 140 to 150, involuntarily I miss the members of the "I'm in a hurry" faction. The speeders, hustlers, hectic people, they shine with absence. Goods transports in the right lane, a couple of vans and small cars on the left. In between the old Saab.
Just before Frankfurt-Fechenheim a Chrysler Towncar, finally a little change. Another individualist on the go. In Frankfurt a little more traffic, but still very clear. Corona has the country under control, which should only be a start. More and more companies are relocating to their home office or shutting down production entirely. If you can stay at home, you should. This is the only way to interrupt the infection chain. Many do this, and even on the streets around the Saab Service Frankfurt workshop, traffic is somewhat reduced.
The virus is always there in Coronaland
Before 9 a.m., after a relaxed drive, I have reached my destination in Fechenheim. This morning, more than half a dozen vehicles receive TÜV or their H approval. The yard is full of Saabs, at first glance everything is as usual. Not in the second!
The virus continues to accompany me, the mood is indifferent and difficult to describe. And COVID-19 also influences the processes here. The door handle for service acceptance is disinfected again and again, out of concern and responsibility. Exemplary, customers and employees should stay healthy. Keep your distance is the order of the day in Coronaland.
Before the TÜV, the aero is inspected in the workshop, a few extras are done. The acceptance itself is not a problem. Flawless, of course, not bad for a 20 year old car. The service in Frankfurt is great, as always. There is still the inspection that should actually be due. Maybe next week, we'll meet. If there are no curfews, as in other European countries. The virus affects us, although the measures to combat it will only really take effect in the coming days. Planning on sight. Something we have to get used to.
We have to get used to the new situation
The access to the A45 is closed, in the south it goes over the Frankfurter Kreuz and the A3. There's a bit more traffic on the highway now. It reminds me of the summer vacation, with reduced traffic and less congestion. Doesn't the virus have everything under its control? Even a few members of the “Left Lane” faction are on the move, they are completely free, the more we leave Frankfurt behind.
Shortly after the Rodgau it gets lonely again. Unusual for a Tuesday morning and somehow threatening. Before driving to the office, a short stop at the local butcher shop. A second breakfast, something for the nerves. The parking spaces are almost all empty, a lady has just loaded the trunk of her car. Now, standing by the car, she disinfects her hands with a cloth. Coronaland. The scene of the day, exemplary!
Disinfectant wipes are mandatory
For a few days now I have had such cloths in the car. Disinfect hands and steering wheel after every purchase, perhaps a helpless gesture. But she calms down and gives the feeling of not being completely defenseless against an invisible enemy. An enemy that changed our behavior overnight. Keep your distance, don't shake hands, all of a sudden it works and at the push of a button. Friends call, ask how to do it, a new care is spreading.
Germany is Coronaland and will remain so for some time. What can we do?
Reason, reason, responsibility
It is time for reason and reason. The measures intervene in the private well-being zone, and it becomes difficult for some people. Another lifestyle, the deliberate shutdown of social contacts. Not just to protect yourself. It is about the chronically ill and the elderly. People who have a restricted immune system and for whom exposure to the virus could be fatal. We can protect them if we question our selfishness and are aware of our responsibility.
Germany has with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) world-class virologists. You can trust their expertise, not the trolls in social networks, who are trumpeting conspiracy theories around the world. Crises are tests for all of us. Later generations will judge us based on how we survive and how social we behave!
Of course, in this situation the world certainly doesn't need an auto blog. We will not leave the readers alone and continue to write anyway. As long as we find a topic. For all reason and all impositions that come to us, something daily luxury may continue to be.