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A reminder on cabin hygiene

By SYF77 on 11 May 2011

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According to a UK survey done at the request of home store B&Q, around 700 harmful bugs lurk in the interior of a car, and specifically on the steering wheel, gear stick and back seats. The study also revealed that 42 percent of motorists regularly eat meals while driving. According to the study, only a third of the people questioned admitted cleaning the inside of their cars once a year, while ten percent said they never wiped down surfaces or vacuumed their cars.

“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.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Kangadrool May 11 2011 10:38 PM
don't worry, computer keyboard has the most, more than toilet bowls, they say.:)

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