Analysis has shown key car parts could be overlooked from regular cleans as road users instead focus on handwashing. Experts at Select Car Leasing have revealed a quarter of road users admit to only cleaning their cars once every 12 months.
Four in ten say they only clean their car once every couple of months despite the risk of carrying germs.
Their study also found one in ten drivers only cleaned their cars less than once a year which could leave bacteria festering on surfaces.
Select Car Leasing spokesperson, Mark Tongue, said: “It’s worrying to see that such a large percentage of people are not keeping their cars adequately sanitised.
“It’s really important that we clean the insides of our cars as much as we would anything else, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Even if it means doing it yourself to avoid any direct contact with other people at a valeting service, using a vacuum and some suitable cleaning products to ensure the inside is germ-free will reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus.”
Analysis from insurance firm Ageas has revealed the average car is home to 19 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
One in twenty cars tested were revealed to have dangerous levels of bacteria making vehicles a potentially lethal environment for some motorists.
Most concerningly, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common cause of respiratory related illnesses, were found in 80 percent of vehicles.
Their analysis also revealed cars were often overlooked from cleaning with 61 percent of road users admitting to not washing their interior at least twice a month.
Microbiologists at Nottingham University have found there is between 282 and 700 bacteria per square centimetre in the average vehicle.
The shocking find means experts are urging road users to clean every surface they get near including vital car parts.
Germs such as the coronavirus can easily be transported from your hand to vital car parts which can cause the infection to spread.
Motorists are then at risk if they touch body parts such as their mouth or eyes after touching the potentially infected parts.
Dominic Ponniah, CEO of cleaning firm Cleanology said features such as a car’s steering wheel, handbrake and sat-nav devices are key breeding grounds for infections.
He said: “It’s very important during this pandemic that people take the time to clean every single surface they come into contact with on a regular basis.
“Parts of a vehicle’s interior such as the steering wheel, handbrake and sat-nav devices are touch-points drivers use constantly.
“They can therefore be a breeding ground for all kinds of germs, including those that can cause coronavirus.
Experts are urging road users to make extra effort to clean their vehicles during the pandemic to avoid coming into contact with germs.
Advisors urge vehicle owners to wipe surfaces as much as they can with cleaning products to help kill potential infections.
Mr Ponniah added: “To reduce the risk of infection I would recommend cleaning the inside of your car regularly and wiping down touch-points with virucidal cleaning products, or cleaning agents proven to kill flu viruses.
“On a day-to-day basis, you should also ensure that you are following guidelines by washing your hands regularly with soap and water for twenty seconds or using hand sanitiser with a 60 percent or higher level of alcohol.”
Published at Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:05:00 +0000