Drivers consider everyday items dirtier than their cars, though the reality is much further from the truth according to new research.
Cars were found to be 50 per cent dirtier than appliances such as keyboards or phones, following a study by Salford University.
In order to make the findings, Salford University undertook an experiment that saw swabs collected from around the handbrake, as well as other areas inside the car. These swabs were found to carry a higher density of bacteria than a smartphone screen, or even a computer keyboard.
Despite this, many drivers believe that their car is one of the cleanest things they own. However, an online survey conducted by Sellcar.co.uk found that of 2,000 people questioned, 80 per cent only cleaned the inside of their cars once a month or less.
Two thirds of those asked thought that their cars could be a potential hotbed for germs.
A lack of care for the interior of a car can also drastically affect its value.
Mark Rogers, managing director of SellCar.co.uk, 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.”