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Cut the risk and clean your car

There’s never been a more important time to keep your car’s interior clean. A recent motoring survey has shown that a quarter of road users admit to only cleaning the inside of their car once every 12 months. This is a worrying response and could put such drivers at risk. During the coronavirus outbreak (and as a general rule), be sure you wipe down all the touchpoints in your car regularly with a virucidal cleaning product or alcohol-based gel. As there aren’t many of these products dedicated to car care, you will be relying mostly on household cleaners, so check they are suitable for use on plastics, upholstery or leather. If you’re unable to get these, then a bottle containing disinfectant, mixed with antibacterial soap and water and kitchen paper will do, but discard the paper immediately after use. To be certain your car is adequately sanitised, make sure you wipe the steering wheel, handbrake, sat nav, interior and exterior door handles, wiper and light stalks and seatbelts – and clean them after every journey. It’s easy to overlook these parts and focus on handwashing, but the expert advice is to clean every car surface you come into contact with just as you would any surfaces known to be high risk. On a day-to-day basis, follow the guidelines and wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser with a 60 per cent or higher level of alcohol, and when you fill up with petrol or diesel use gloves.