DRIVERS have been urgently alerted to the spread of germs in their vehicles- and one thing is making it worse.
At the beginning of the pandemic, people were advised to avoid touching their faces as they can easily spread bacteria and viruses from the nose and throat.
And now new research from the University of Nottingham shows that motorists touch their faces an average of 26 times an hour, which means they can spread germs on their car.
Researchers from the university’s Human Factors Research Group examined video footage of 36 experienced drivers, Mirror reported.
They found that drivers touched or around their faces 26.4 times per hour with each touch lasting nearly 4 seconds.
The vast majority of drivers (79%) were seen touching their face, followed by 10% touching their hair, 8% touching their neck and 1% touching their shoulders.
Over 42% of cases, drivers are exposed to mucous membranes such as the inside of their lips, nostrils and eyes every 5 minutes, mainly using the tips of their fingers and thumbs.
The study also acknowledges other touching behaviors, such as nose picking and ear cleaning, especially when the driver is alone in the vehicle.
There is a high risk of spreading germs through face-to-face contact, especially if there are other people in the vehicle and if hand hygiene is poor.
A simple scratch of the nose could mean that a driver is unknowingly transferring a virus or bacteria to their face.
Research has also shown that motorists are less likely to face a collision when driving in difficult conditions.
A study of compare.com revealed that cars are “a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and fungi,” with the steering wheel and driver’s door handles being the dirtiest surfaces.
These two areas are also dirtier than the remote control and the computer keyboard.
Research shows that the steering wheel has 24% more bacteria than the handle in the toilet.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8177781/drivers-issued-urgent-warning-spreading-germs-car/ Drivers have issued urgent warnings about the spread of germs in your car