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Cars are dirtier than drivers think, survey finds

Tuesday 01 November 2016, By Autovolo

Cars are dirtier than drivers think, survey finds

Cars are dirtier than drivers think, survey finds

Drivers assume everyday items are dirtier than their cars, despite the reality being further from the truth.

That’s the conclusion Salford University drew from a study that found cars to be 50 per cent dirtier than appliances such as keyboards or phones.

The university’s experiment collected swabs from various areas around the car, such as the handbrake, and found that these swabs carried a higher density of bacteria than a smartphone screen, or even a computer keyboard.

Even so, vast numbers of motorists think their car is one of the cleanest things they own, although a survey of 2,000 people by found that just 80 per cent only clean the car’s inside less than once a month. However, two thirds thought their cars could be a potential hotbed for germs.

Cars’ values can be drastically affected by the level of cleanliness.

Mark Rogers, managing director of, said: “Cars that are not taken care of will depreciate at a record rate in comparison to those that are regularly maintained.

“It may start with a few germs and not clearing out the rubbish, but this can easily lead to odour lingering in the car that cannot be dispelled or rust accumulating on edges that will put off any prospective buyer and ultimately cause the car to devalue.”

Dr Lisa Ackerly, ‘The Hygiene Doctor’, also commented on the findings, saying: “When you think of all the unhygienic things you see people doing while driving – picking their noses, coughing over the steering wheel and eating food – we really ought to be cleaning the insides of our cars more, particularly the hand contact surfaces.”