A spot where you’ve spilled food, such as fries or donut crumbs, may
look harmless. But spills produced the most bacteria among the car sites
tested. The researchers sampled 11 different sites inside 100 cars in
Illinois, Arizona, Florida, California and Washington, D.C., and looked
for both mold and bacteria. The study also examined variables such as
vehicle type, whether children traveled in the car, geographic location
and the gender and marital status of the drivers. Single people and men
proved to have the cleanest cars and those in Arizona had the lowest
bacteria numbers, while married people and women had the germiest
That’s because women tend to drive the family car, which holds the car
seats and harbors children’s germs, the study found. More bacteria were
isolated in vans and SUVs, typical family vehicles, than in cars.
But beyond whether you have children, the city you call home can make it
easier or harder to keep your car clean. Of the cities tested, Tampa,
Fla., ranked highest in average amounts of bacteria. Thanks to its
humid, high temperatures, the city’s drivers had 10 times more bacteria
in their cars than Tucson, Ariz., residents. Higher average monthly
rainfall in cities also translated to more bacteria, according to the
study, possibly because bacteria can survive longer in moist
environments. Cars in Chicago, on the other hand, had 15 times more mold
occurrences than those in Tampa due to the differences in temperature.
If your car is suddenly starting to sound like it needs a cleaning,
Gerba recommends disinfecting it once a week. Start with any food stains
and work your way down to the change holder and steering wheel, the
place our hands come into contact with the most. ”Don’t become overly
paranoid,” Gerba says. “Just clean the seat before the kids start
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