“A car is the perfect place for germs to breed, especially if you eat in it and leave litter or uneaten food around. To avoid potential health risks it would be wise to regularly clean your car inside and out,” said doctor Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science at Queen Mary University, London. “Most people clean their homes but many are neglecting to clean their cars and are driving around in vehicles which resemble a rubbish bin,” said Cutler. “While most of the bacteria were unlikely to cause health problems, some cars were found to play host to a number of potentially harmful bacterial species,” he added.
The dirtiest area of a car is the boot, with 1,000 bacteria for every 1.5 square inches. The most common bugs found in cars are the bacillus cereus (found in rice, pasta, potatoes and pies) and the arthrobacter (found in soil and human skin). As I run regularly, I wipe down the driver’s seat, gear stick and steering wheel with diluted Dettol solution at least once a week. I hope that this post will serve as a reminder to all of us to maintain a clean and hygienic driving environment.