From time to time consumers see TV programmes and the like telling us how disgusting and germ-ridden the insides of our cars are. We are told always to wash our hands after using the ‘restroom’ but not after handling a steering wheel that has been sneezed or coughed upon or handled by someone who has only moments before touched something unspeakable. Let’s just say that the insides of our motors are not up to operating theatre standards.
We are approaching glorious summer and will soon be turning up the car air-conditioning to the max and that cold breeze feels good on your face, but wait: What’s that foul, musty smell? Did you know that a car’s air conditioning system can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, microorganisms, mould and fungi and who knows what else.
It can result in an unpleasant pong but can also be a critical health concern, especially for sufferers of asthma and allergies. A modern car’s air conditioning system is very conducive to the growth of bacteria thanks to condensation that gathers on the evaporator coil. Once the bacteria has grown to its most virulent they spring from the air vents and we unknowingly breathe them in. Flu-like symptoms are a clue.
There are ways to prevent bacteria and mould from building up in the air-con. Use the system every week for at least ten minutes throughout all the seasons and running the defrost setting after long periods of use. Better still get the system serviced regularly. Why not ensure it is added to your annual service schedule?
JLR And The Future
In future our cars could help us defeat the dreaded bugs without us doing a thing. The battle against superbugs in our cars could be won using technology being developed by Jaguar Land Rover and others that may help to stop the spread of colds and flu and other noxious things. This futuristic science uses ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) borrowed from the medical industry.
By integrating UV-C into the car’s climate control, the UK car maker believes it could help to stop bacteria and harmful viruses from surviving in the cabin. It’s already actively seeking to neutralise pathogens in its latest generation Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. The average motorist spends as much as three hundred hours every year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilise cars for administering preventative healthcare. In the colder months infections are spread more easily and it will be reassuring, if slightly weird, to know that your car is neutralising germs.
The Car As Lifestyle
You can see where all this technology is going can’t you? Increasingly our motors are less about driving skill and going fast and more about how we live our lives. Some of the latest technology is frankly daft and pointless but much of it has value; safety features for example. Is it all too intrusive though? Internal cameras that watch us for drowsiness, speed limiters that could also monitor our actions like aircraft black boxes; it’s all food for thought. In time cars will just become extensions of our homes.
If however you are the sort of person that catches everything that’s doing the annual rounds then take heart; JLR are on it. In the meantime run those air-con systems and don’t forget the wet wipes. It’s also good to know that as part of eCars247 award-winning all-inclusive service all our vehicles
are given a thorough health check by the AA for real car-buying peace of mind