British researchers have warned that
a cars steering wheel is 9-times dirtier than a public toilet seat. It has
been proved that a cars interior plays host to several harmful bacterial
species, especially if people eat in it and leave litter or uneaten food around.
It was found that almost 42% of drivers ate regularly in their cars, while only
33% cleaned their car's interior every year and 10% never thought of doing so.
According to the researchers at the Queen Mary University, about 80 bacteria can be found in each square inch of a public toilet, while more than 700 harmful bacteria inhabit the interior of a car. It was found that the car boot is the dirtiest area with about 1,000 bacteria in every 1and1/2 square inches. Bacillus cereus (a bug that causes food poisoning) was also identified by the scientists.
The study suggests that it would be wise to regularly clean up the inside and outside of the car to avoid potential health risks.