Many of our vehicles act as second homes, such as long commutes on Deerfoot Trail, trips to children’s hockey games, and visits to the off leash dog park. While you may be meticulous about vehicle maintenance such as oil changes and fluid topping-ups, is your health being affected?
On a weekly basis, our vehicle sees children, dogs, coffee cup tumbles and sweaty gym bags. Even if your car is clean and tidy, there could be health risks. Continue reading to learn about five major health hazards and how you can avoid them.
High-Touch Surface Area
How many times have you opened your car door, changed a song on the radio or opened the glove box? Think about all the different places you touch in your car. How often do you disinfect these spaces? Due to our busy lifestyles, the average car is home to over 700 strains of bacteria. It is therefore vital to clean and disinfect the vehicle’s interior, eliminating germs.
Check the Air Quality
After cleaning your car, clean the air filter. Air filters keep dust, dirt, or other debris from entering the air intake pipe. The air filter may cause changes in car performance but could also pose unexpected health risks. You should clean your air filter if you experience congestion in your car, such as stuffy nose or sore throat.
Mold growth in your A/C vents
Dust and dirt can build up on your car’s air ducts and A/C coils. Mold and bacteria can grow when the coils become damp from humidity. Mold spores can then be circulated through the ventilations, and possibly directly into your skin. Mold can cause irritation of the eyes and throats, as well as coughing and sneezing in your vehicle’s passengers. You should immediately take your car mechanic in Calgary if you notice any of these symptoms or smell mold. It is important to have your car professionally cleaned and treated.
Your cabin air filter is intended to keep toxins and odors from getting into your vehicle. However, it may not always be effective. Rolling up your windows is the best way to stop exhaust, cigarette smoke and other pollutants entering your vehicle. You can keep your air moving by running your car’s A/C. Also, you can recycle the air.
We can also spend hours in our cars. Poor posture can cause strain if your car seat is not properly adjusted. You should maintain a comfortable driving position. If you feel the need to stretch, take breaks.
It is vital to maintain our health and well-being. Our expert team is dedicated to providing exceptional service that will ensure your safety and comfort on the roads.