The car is to many an extension of the home and with new research finding that the average car seat carries 330,000 times more bacteria than a toilet seat (Source: Jet Fuel survey), it is clear that many of us need to have a spring clean.
Once the spring clean is complete help is also at hand during the hayfever season as a number of allergy-free vehicle interiors are now available from a number of manufactures (e.g. Ford). The air filters in the vehicles stop pollen from entering the interior of the car and all components which are likely to have direct and prolonged skin contact (e.g. steering wheel, floor mats and seatbelts) are dermatologically tested.
Making the car are more habital environment is good for concentration and previous research has proven that having the wrong smell in a car can cause speeding, dozing, road rage and potentially even serious accidents.
Dangerous smells to be aware of are:
- Camomile, Jasmine, and Lavender – these are all used to treat insomnia and can cause drivers to become over relaxed behind the wheel. They are also present in many “flowery” air fresheners.
- The smell of fast food wrappers, fresh bread or pastry – these can cause driver irritability, a preponderance to speed and an increased chance of involvement in road rage because they can all make drivers feel hungry and in a hurry to satiate their appetites.
- The smell of fresh cut grass, pine woods or roadside flowers – while relaxing some drivers, this can put others into a nostalgic frame of mind where they daydream of swooping down country lanes and fail to appreciate the speed at which they are travelling. For hay fever sufferers there may be the added problem of streaming eyes and sneezing.
- A combination of leather seats and oil – this can make some older drivers remember the thrill and sense of freedom that came with their first cars. They could potentially then unconsciously adopt the risk taking behaviour of much younger drivers.
- Certain perfumes and aftershaves – these can have a strong sexual association which may make both male and female drivers more interested in carnal matters than motoring matters. Whole memories, complete with all associated emotions, can be prompted by smell
Many good reasons to give the car a bit of a freshen up this weekend…