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Your Steering Wheel Is Nasty As Hell: Study

Old 01-28-2019, 01:46 PM
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Thought this would be good for the guys that say they don't wash their hands in the bathroom because their junk is clean.

As a person reading this website on some sort of technological device, you’ve probably heard that phone screens are really, really nasty. But that stat doesn’t even begin to compare with the average steering wheel, which is apparently far nastier than the average elevator button, toilet seat or smartphone.

We don’t often do math over here at blog central, but, according to our rigorous calculations, the average steering wheel is approximately nasty as hell, to the fourth power.
Put that on your diagrams, once you’ve washed your hands.

On Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle cited a study from CarRentals.com, which is owned by Expedia, that looked at just how gross the inside of a vehicle can get. Why a company that rents cars to people would publicly call attention to how gross cars are, the world may never know.

Regardless, the study found that there are about 700 strains of bacteria in the average vehicle, and the steering wheel is the nastiest part of the whole thing. Eating in your car is the way to get the bacteria machine rolling even faster than it already does, the study said, and, apparently, eating in a car is more likely to make you sick than eating off of a toilet seat.

The steering wheel is the dirtiest place in a car, according to the study, ahead of the cupholder, seat belt, inside door handle, shifter and volume knob. The study found that the wheel is twice as dirty as the buttons on an elevator, four times as gross as a toilet seat, and six times nastier than a smartphone screen. (Data from a study is just that, remember. Other studies have found that public toilets are cleaner than phone screens, but this one found toilets dirtier.)

Gas pumps, though, are where things get really bad. CarRentals.com studied the germs in colony-forming units, or CFU, per square centimeter, and found that the average steering wheel has 629 CFU, elevators to have 313 CFU, public toilet seats to have 172 CFU, and phone screens to have 100 CFU.

On gas pumps, the CFU numbers are apparently in the millions—2.6 million on the buttons and 2 million on the handle, to be exact. If you’re really wanting to down your exposure to germs, though, go with premium fuel: The study found the premium button to have 2 million CFU compared to regular’s 3.2 million.
On top of all of that, the CarRentals.com study surveyed 1,000 people on their car-cleaning habits and found that 32 percent of drivers only clean their vehicle once a year, and 12 percent said they never did.

We as a human population are gross specimens, our nastiness trailing behind us every second, as if our superpower was to spread germs and rarely clean them up. Once again breaking from the norm to do math over here at blog central, our calculations find that you should keep your grubby hands to yourself.

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Old 01-28-2019, 01:49 PM
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When I see medical professionals get gas, they have gloves on. I just use antibacterial hand lotion, i'm not that paranoid and don't get sick so. I also wipe my interior monthly with antibacterial, mostly because the kids somehow have drinks and ice cream on the ceiling and doors and floor mats and seats and windows and cup holders, candy wrappers everywhere, and wipe the steering wheel and shifter/key area whenever I can with wipes. If I buy them a new sububan/denali xl, I'm, removing the entire rear interior, putting it in storage, and lineX it and just hose it out, then when I go to sell, just put the interior back in.
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<rolls eyes>

A functional immune system is functional.

Wanna go reseach how many bacteria live on your skin at any point in time? Or how many microbes live -- gasp!! -- inside you?
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
<rolls eyes>

A functional immune system is functional.

Wanna go reseach how many bacteria live on your skin at any point in time? Or how many microbes live -- gasp!! -- inside you?
x600! This phobia of germs is one of the biggest causes of alergies around. Your body should be a busy ecosystem of good and bad bacteria all doing their thing. Get rid of all the bugs and the bad ones are first back everytime. Without bugs you couldn't digest food and would die, give the bugs a break!
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Jeez, if you knew how many germs were freaking everywhere. Didn't need s study to tell me germs were on my steering wheel.
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I would venture to guess the steering wheel in my car is appreciably cleaner than a rental steering wheel.
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San Francisco Chronicle has something to say about how clean the inside of a car is. Anyone who has walked downtown SF in recent years should gag on the irony (if not the aroma)
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This is concerning to me. I normally dump my French fries in the cup holders of rental cars and douse them with ketchup before I eat them. Maybe that isn't sanitary.
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My steering wheel gets fry grease, milkshake drips, sneezes, coughs, and all the dirt from my hands all over it. Then it sits in the warm sun and percolates. I'm not surprised. But I'm also not worried about it.
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A friend writes in asking: “I touch myself frequently while waiting at long lights”. Should I mention this when requesting a full service car wash?
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This is concerning to me. I normally dump my French fries in the cup holders of rental cars and douse them with ketchup before I eat them. Maybe that isn't sanitary.
I would think you're safe, providing you don't lick the steering wheel when you're done.
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This is concerning to me. I normally dump my French fries in the cup holders of rental cars and douse them with ketchup before I eat them. Maybe that isn't sanitary.




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