Have you ever wondered how many germs you may be carrying in your vehicle? According to Anthony Hilton, a microbiologist from Ashton University, has stated that the same organisms you may find on the toilet would be found inside your vehicle. Certain parts of the vehicle housed more germs such as steering wheels which housed the most germs. “However, stick shifts with 356 germs per square inch did worse, likely because they have a smaller surface area that concentrates the bugs. And the nastiest harbor for bacterial refugees -- the carpet of the trunk, where scientists found 300 to 400 bacteria per square inch.”(Nierenberg, 2008). Don’t overlook the interior of your vehicle and clean it as regularly as the outside. “Today's car has become more of an extension of the domestic environment where people eat and drink and talk on the phone. It's like a room of your house on wheels”(Nierenberg, 2008). The risk of driving with more passengers in the car, particularly younger ones, which increases the odds of more people sneezing and coughing, leaving a trail of germs behind that might lead to a cold or flu."If you're a soccer mom, you're essentially driving a germ-mobile." as stated by microbiologist Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona.
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