Is Your Vehicle Making You Sick?

Posted on Nov 22, 2019

Is Your Vehicle Making You Sick?

Everyone knows to be careful during the flu season. You will disinfect household surfaces more often, wash your hands more, and sometimes open your windows to air out any germs accumulating in your house. If you are taking these types of precautions for your home, why would you neglect your vehicle?

During the long winter months, you will be driving your kids to and from school. During that time, they will be eating snacks in the backseat and transferring the many germs they picked up in the school all over your car. These food particles and germs are sure to worsen with the windows constantly closed, possibly getting you and your family sick.

Sick Car Syndrome

Yes, sick car syndrome is a real thing and it could be affecting you and your family. In fact, this syndrome has resulted in some key automakers refunding vehicle purchases. Sick car syndrome also is referred to as “toxic car syndrome,” is the end result of mold and mildew growing out of your A/C system.

Symptoms of sick car syndrome include:

  • Coughing
  • Eye Irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Tightening
  • Drowsiness

A little pool of condensation frequently forms on the evaporator when your air conditioning system cools. Mold and mildew have a tendency to grow from that moisture. Microbes are collected and carried into the passenger cabin as the air blows over the mold. Then, these microbes attach to the walls of the cabin and begin to multiply.

Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to prevent sick car syndrome from affecting you and your family.

  • Check for leaks.
  • Don’t leave crumbs or food on the floor.
  • Shampoo your carpet. However, be sure to dry the floor completely prior shutting the windows.
  • Be aware of odors, and where they are coming from.
  • Clean any spills within the car.

Having regular auto detailing is another way to keep your vehicle free from the mold and mildew associated with this syndrome.

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