Steering wheels ‘have more germs than public toilet seats’

Investing in car interior care products and carrying out a thorough detail every few months could have benefits for drivers' health, as new research has shown how dirty some areas of the cabin can be.

According to a study at Queen Mary University, steering wheels boast nine times more germs than public toilet seats.

It is not just the steering wheel motorists need to worry about, as every square inch of the cabin has around 700 bacteria, compared to 80 on the seats in public lavatories, meaning investing in car leather care products may be in order.

Dr Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science at the university, said many people clean their homes but neglect their vehicles, meaning they become a breeding ground for bacteria.

"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," he added.

According to a recent post on the Smithtown Acura blog, thoroughly detailing the inside of a car is a job worth doing and is just as important as taking care of the exterior.

Posted by James Robson

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