Drivers usually take care of their cars. Especially when it comes to hygiene. According to a study conducted in the US, the steering wheel is one of the dirtiest things people come in contact on a daily basis. The dirtier the objects the higher the chance to catch an infection or bacteria.
What to look out for
Some parts of the interior of the car have shown that contain more bacteria than the toilet in our homes. This is measured by bacteria per square centimeter (CFUs) which on the steering wheel this number reaches 629 CFU.
Just for a comparison, this bacteria concentration on our cell phones reaches round 100 CFU, while on the buttons in the elevators reaches 313. Public toilets contain 172 CFU.
Among the most common bacteria on the steering wheel are Staphylococcus which causes food poisoning and skin infections. Another common one is Propionibacterium which is the main cause for the occurrence of lots of infections and inflammations.
These are only a small portion of the 700 types of bacteria that dwell in our cars. Very often the case for this is eating inside the car. This can be easily guessed, so try to pay more attention to the cleanliness of your car in order to protect yourself.
Among the most effective ways to prevent this is:
- At least once a month, try to do a thorough brushing and vacuuming of the interior. This should reduce the spread of bacteria by a considerable margin.
- Try to clean the seats and the upholstery with a car shampoo. This will prevent the spread of bacteria and will give a nice smell to your car at the same time.
- Use disinfectants to clean the dashboard, door panels and the steering wheel which as mentioned above are a very common place for bacteria to spread.