Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Steering Wheels are Nine Times Dirtier than Public Toilet Seats

Steering Wheels are Nine Times Dirtier than Public Toilet Seats - A recent study focused on steering wheels shows that these things are up to nine times dirtier as compared to a public toilet seat, according to researchers from Queen Mary University in London.

The results of the study are frightening, as researchers found out that up to 700 bacteria live on each square inch of a steering wheel, compared to only 80 bacteria found on an ordinary toilet seat.

Dr. Ron Cutler, Director of biomedical science at Queen Mary University, said that one of the most spread bacteria found in car interiors is “bacillus cereus”. This bacteria can cause food intoxication and it is found mostly in pasta, potatoes and rice.

“While most of the bacteria were unlikely to cause health problems, some cars were found to play host to a number of potentially harmful bacterial species,” explains Dr Cutler.

“Most people clean their homes but many are neglecting to clean their cars and are driving around in vehicles which resemble a rubbish bin,” he adds.

Regarding bad driving habits, the study revealed that 42% of drivers eat inside their cars with regularity, and only a third of them clean the interior of their automobiles once a year. In the United Kingdom, 10% of drivers admit they never cleaned the interior of their vehicle.

Steering Wheels are Nine Times Dirtier than Public Toilet Seats

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