Have you ever driven a vehicle that had a sticky steering wheel? It's probably one of the most disgusting feelings there is, and a report in IBN Live shows that the adhesive can be more than just grape jelly. Researchers at Queen Mary University in London claim that there are, on average, 700 different kinds of bacteria per square inch of steering wheel. That compares to 80 distinct bacteria types on a public toilet seat. Even worse, the trunk has 1,000 bacteria types per square inch. The most common form of bacteria was bacillus cereus, which can cause food poisoning.

The reason cars are filthy is simple; we simply don't clean them. While we vacuum, dust and disinfect our home on a semi-regular basis, only one third of study participants cleaned their vehicle once a year or more. That sounds pretty crazy (and a bit lazy), but think about it. You may jettison the trash and vacuum the carpet on a somewhat regular basis, but how often do you wipe down that nasty steering wheel? And when you think about how many Americans regularly eat in their vehicles, our cars could be a solid reason why we are sick as often as we are. Now we know why valet parking attendants tend to wear white gloves.

Beyond cleanliness, the study also shows that many drivers know next to nothing about their vehicles. For example, two-thirds of us don't know how to change a tire, while one third of those surveyed don't even know how to put air in the tires. It's a sad, sad world.

[Source: IBN Live | Image: Zach Bowman/AOL]


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      Jac Zobel de Ayala
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care. I have a kick ass immune system. The more I am exposed to bacterium the more superior I shall become. Go keep using your Glade sprays so you'll end up with asthmatic children.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jac Zobel de Ayala
        Word. I was one of the Swine Flu survivors without any help like getting shots! My Immune system is really immune alright.
      LBFTPSEC
      • 3 Years Ago
      People who do surveys and studies need to get a real job that actually contributes to making this world a better place. Go cure cancer or something. Your **** has bacteria, and it comes from inside of you. I don't see people shooting alcohol up their asses....
      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did you all know that the world is FULL of bacteria? And you personally are FULL of bacteria? This is silly.
      DontTrustPoliticians
      • 3 Years Ago
      > Beyond cleanliness, the study also shows that many drivers know next to nothing about their vehicles. For example, two-thirds of us don't know how to change a tire, while one third of those surveyed don't even know how to put air in the tires. It's a sad, sad world. Not the type of individuals to purchase a used car from...
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still find it hard to believe that a toilet seat with brown spots on it is cleaner than a steering wheel. And no I have never handled a sticky steering wheel, maybe it is because I never eat in my car.
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A rather silly article, but I do clean my car regularly, which includes wiping down the interior. On the other hand, if you are the only one driving your car -- then hell, they are your germs, right? Much ado about nothing....
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      "For example, two-thirds of us don't know how to change a tire, while one third of those surveyed don't even know how to put air in the tires." This makes me want to puke. People who can't put air in their tires? Please, kill yourself.
        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        it's true. I have a friend with a nice S60, and I have to check her tires and go to the station with her when they're low so I can add air for her. She used to fill them "til they looked round" and just cannot understand a tire pressure gauge, and can't understand why "they look flat" when they're filled correctly.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      "For example, two-thirds of us don't know how to change a tire, while one third of those surveyed don't even know how to put air in the tires." If some random person asked me to explain to them how to put air in a tire, I would tell them "I don't know" and walk away. Thats why 33% answered that way.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
        WheelMcCoy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        Apparently, Niche never knew about lead poisoning. It won't kill you, but it will leave you mentally underdeveloped for life.
      thinkthis
      • 3 Years Ago
      It turns out the only thing dirtier than a toilet seat is another toilet seat.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a valet (for the past 3 years..). Thanks, Autoblog, for making my terrible thoughts a reality.
      Ripituc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen similar studies that always claim some surfaces have "more bacteria" than a toilet. So what? They are still "better" bacteria than what you will find in a toilet. Not all bacteria is bad for you anyway, so "filthy" isn't appropiate either, IMO.
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