Coronavirus Covid-19 could be transmitted through car interiors as motoring experts warn the average vehicle contains more germs than a toilet seat.
Viruses and germs are brought into a car when they stick to hard surfaces such as steering wheels, gear sticks and door handles.
Research by Zero Deposit Car Leasing found that just 47 per cent of British motorists clean the inside of their vehicle if it appears dirty.
Experts are warning that it could mean car interiors risk spreading the Covid-19 virus to passengers and technicians working on the vehicle.
Tom Preston, managing director at Zero Deposit Car leasing said: “We all know it can be a chore to clean both outside and inside the car.
“However, even if your car looks clean and tidy, there may be bacteria and germs lurking that could potentially be dangerous for you and your family’s health.
“You wouldn’t leave your house for three months without cleaning it, so you shouldn’t with your car either – especially when you’re using it every day, as well as travelling to a range of different places.”
New analysis from Zuto has shown many drivers admit to leaving their cars with dirty mats or with mud on the seats and floors.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, a Zuto spokesperson said: “Cars are often neglected when it comes to cleaning, as it’s not a job that sits at the top of our lists. However, letting the grime pile up inside could potentially make you sick.
“We also recommend keeping some hand sanitiser and anti-disinfectant wipes in your car, so you can wipe down any spillages and keep your hands bacteria-free.”
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