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 |  Apr 29 2011, 3:20 PM

You wash your hands after visiting the bathroom, but do you wash them after you finish driving? Perhaps you should. According to a new study, steering wheels carry more germs than a toilet seat – which begs the question, just what are we doing that’s so icky when we’re driving?

Thanks to the researchers at Queen Mary University, London, we’ll never touch a steering wheel with our bare hands ever again. They found that 700 harmful bacteria make themselves comfortable in the average car’s interior (that’s per square inch) – compare that to the 80 bacteria found the average toilet.

So how does all the ick pile up? The study looked into that for us and found that 42 per cent of motorists regularly eat during driving. Sure, that does seem so bad, but ass in the fact that only a third only clean their car once a year and 10 per cent said they never bothered to wipe down surfaces or vacuum, and you’ve got a germpalooza on your hands… literally.

The grossest part of your car is the trunk, with 1,000 bacteria for every one and half square inches. The most common form of bacteria found was bacillus cereus, which can cause food poisoning.”

Now that you know what a bacteria trap your car’s interior is, are you more likely to give it a good cleaning? How often do you clean inside your car now? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Source: IBN Live]