HOW TO TEST HOW CLEAN THE INTERIOR OF YOUR CAR IS
While you may think some of these hotspots are obvious, we don’t often give these areas a proper deep clean.
To test if your car has been properly cleaned, take a white wet wipe and rub it along some of these surfaces to see what you pick up. If after wiping an area your wet wipe is brown, it shows that the area is dirty and probably has a higher concentration of germs. With the high risk at the moment, you should ask that your dealer sanitises the vehicle in front of you.
What causes germs and bacteria to build up in our cars?
There are many factors which can lead to poor car hygiene. While this may not be relevant right now, it's good to keep in mind for the future.
Here’s some of the most common offenders:
- Using your car for business. The more time you spend in your car, the more germs you pick up from public areas (like garage bathrooms). If you spend long periods of your day behind the wheel, it’s a good idea to keep some hand sanitiser or sterilised wet wipes in your cubby for emergencies.
- Eating and drinking in your car. We’ve all done it - rushing between meetings, we’ve stopped in at the Mcdonald's drive through for a burger on the go. What we don’t realise, is that the grease and crumbs we leave behind (no matter how unnoticeable) are actually germ magnets.
- Infrequent interior cleaning. While most of us keep the exterior of our cars sparkly and clean, we often neglect the interior - giving it the monthly vacuum and polish, and not much else.
What you don’t realise, is that the interior is quite often dirtier than the exterior of your vehicle. Your car carries people (and sometimes pets) and it’s a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Every surface you or your passengers touch transfers germs, bacteria and dead skin cells.
THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING YOUR CAR HYGIENIC
Being sick isn’t so bad - at least you get to bunk work, right? Wrong. Apart from the obvious (frequent illness is bad for your overall health and immune system), there are many hidden costs of illness for you and your family - the average cough can last up to 22 days.
Keep in mind that keeping your car hygienic can help keep you healthy and prevent you from getting ill BUT it can also help you keep your passengers safe as well. It will help you prevent transmission of germs to your passengers.
During this time, you’ll encounter the added financial burden of doctor’s visits, prescription medications, and vitamins. Not to mention other over the counter “feel better” fixes like Nurofen or Lemsip. Parents of sick children also incur the cost of having to pay someone to be at home with their sick children, or take further time off work to look after them themselves. It also takes a lot of time to catch up on missed work at school or in the office - time that could be better spent on fun activities with your friends and family. And, let’s be honest, nobody enjoys feeling sick…
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