Sick Car Syndrome; Yes, Your Car Can Make You Sick

sick car syndromeThe car cabin, given its confined space, is a haven for germs and bacteria. If you drive often and find yourself catching the cold or flu, then your car may be the cause. This is known as sick car syndrome, and we’ll explain how an interior vehicle detail can fix this issue.

Sick Car Syndrome Explained

Here is a fun fact: the average car steering wheel is nine times dirtier than a toilet seat. The steering wheel can harbor about 700 strains of bacteria, vs 60 for a toilet seat. How are steering wheels this dirty? Car owners often eat in their car, not to mention the interior is a small enclosed area that is seldom cleaned.

The AC, though, is what is really causing sick car syndrome. When you run the air conditioner, condensation forms in the evaporator. The accumulated moisture encourages mold growth. The air eventually blows some of that mold and microbes into the cabin where they rest on the upholstery, dashboard, etc.

Your car is likely infested with germs if you notice any of these symptoms during a commute:

  • Coughing
  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Chest tightening
  • Eye irritation

You’ll likely be using your AC more now that summer is here. We recommend cleaning or replacing the filter if it’s due for a change. We also recommend a professional interior restoration. This includes a full cleaning and shampooing of the seats using a solution that kills bacteria on contact.

We’ll Detail Your Car Interior

Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail before leaving for any lengthy summer road trips. We’ll not only clean your car but we’ll also remove all invisible traces of mold, mildew, and germs. We recommend an interior detail as part of a wash and wax. Sick car syndrome is real and can compromise your health.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Full Interior Vehicle Detailing and Restoration

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

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