According to ABC News, cars are the moldiest of all forms of transportation. Good hygiene should be practised by drivers so that drivers can have a peaceful ride. Rented cars are usually cleaned once in a while by car rental companies. However, the vacuuming of the car interior does not remove the bacteria and germs that reside within. Furthermore, you do not know how the previous car hirer had used the car.
Here are some some advices on good hygiene practices for drivers like you when you rent a car:
Avoid Eating in Car
Food and beverages spill and stains may look harmless but they are a haven for bacteria. The best way to prevent this from happening is to avoid eating in car.
Use Seat Covers
On the car seat, hundreds of thousands of bacteria and mold are present. This includes child seats. This arose due to the moisture from perspiration of driver and also the warmth of the car.
You might consider using seat covers so that you can wash it regularly to prevent accumulation of harmful microorganisms in the car.
Detox your Car Airconditioner
The quality of air that you breathe in largely depends on the car ventilation, in particularly the car airconditioner.
Air-conditioning should be run on the “outside air” setting, as opposed to the recirculated setting as often as possible. This allows the system to pull in new air and get rid of old moisture (which reduces the chances of contamination).
The “max” setting is going to give you recirculated air and should only be used on brutally hot days–and only until you get comfortable.
Never leave the AC set on “max” while the engine is off. This keeps the vents closed and doesn’t allow outside air to get in. The heat created by a closed system combined with the moisture produces a virtual greenhouse for bacteria and fungi.
When you use the AC, there should be water draining from under the car. No water runoff means that the drain hole is blocked and the evaporator is not drying out, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
Equip your Car with anti-bacteria wipes
Most people don’t realize their cars are perfect breeding grounds for germs. You would think the steering wheel would attract the most bacteria, but the dashboard is one of the leading “hot” spots. Not only is it the warmest place in the car, air vents also draw bacteria via the air circulation system.
If you are renting a car for a long duration, do clean the dashboard, steering wheel, handgear, and other parts of the car with anti-bacteria wipes or other disinfectants on a weekly basis. It is good to also clean the car immediately after renting so that you can have a peaceful ride.