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The Health Hazards of a Dirty Car

The state of your car is a reflection of your attention to detail, cleanliness, and responsibility. However, your car has more utility than just looking great. It’s probably one of your most frequently used assets, which means there are many chances to get hurt while using it.

Keeping your car clean and clear is vital for more than just creating a great impression. A dirty car can compound the risks of hurting yourself while driving in more ways than one. Keep reading to understand the risks you bear each time you drive an unclean car.


Inertia is the tendency of an object to continue doing what it’s doing unless acted upon by an external force. Say you were traveling at 40 miles per hour and hit a car. The car will stop or move forward slowly. However, since you’re not attached to the car, you’ll continue to move forward at 40 miles per hour. Airbags and seatbelts are the parts of cars that counter your inertia by applying a force in the opposite direction of your movement. Consequently, they can save you from sustaining severe injuries.

A car with a broken parking light that has been in an accident

Seatbelts and airbags only work for the occupants of cars. However, everything in your car that isn’t in some way attached to your car has inertia. Depending on the kind of accident, the objects around your car could hit you, and hard. If your car swerves out of control, you may continue turning with the car, but the objects in your car will continue moving forward unless hit by something else. Whether you have blunt or sharp objects in your car, cleaning out your car can remove the risk of getting hit by said objects.


A dirty car is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. In particular, E. Coli, Staphylococcus, and Bacillus Cereus.

E. Coli (Escherichia Coli) are often good bacteria that you can find in animal stomachs (including ourselves). While most E. Coli varieties are harmless, those that harm can grow if you have food or drinks strewn around your car. Exposure to these harmful varieties can lead to diarrhea, nausea, and other problems.

Staphylococcus is the bacteria that causes staph infections, which are an umbrella term for certain kinds of skin infections. Boils are the most common and least harmful since they’re an infection of the uppermost layer of skin. The most harmful infection is endocarditis, which is an infection of your heart’s inner lining. Staph bacteria can also cause food poisoning. Staph bacteria grow in dirty environments and on organic material, among other places. If you’ve spilled a drink or left some old chips packets in your car, clean it up and consider getting a better cup holder.

Bacillus Cereus also causes acute food poisoning that often results in vomiting, diarrhea, or both. The bacterium is replete in the environment, but most commonly found in the soil. If you’ve ever stepped over a garden on your way to your car, you’ve probably left some soil in it. Consequently, these bacteria could get you sick.

The easiest way to rid yourself of these bacteria is to clean your car regularly. Moreover, invest in accessories that prevent your car from getting dirty in the first place. That’ll save you cleaning labor and discomfort.

A person cleaning their car’s exterior with a sponge


Even if you’ve been driving for a while, the road should always have your undivided attention. Even a brief period of neglect or inattention is enough to lead to an accident. Consequently, you want to remove all the distractions in your cars. Removing distractions includes not using your phone or engaging in important conversations with the other passengers while you’re driving. However, it also warrants cleaning up and clearing out your car.

There are a few ways a cluttered interior can attract your attention. Suppose you don’t want to spoil your car’s carpet and have bought a coffee on your way to work. Additionally, suppose you don’t have a good cupholder. If that’s you, you’re going to continually be glancing at your cup to make sure it isn’t falling. You’ll also be overly cautious when crossing a speed bump. Now, suppose your car is full of cups of coffee. You’ll be distracted by an unclean car and coffee cups falling over each other and rattling as they fall.

If you don’t regularly clean your car, the cups will continue to pile up. Of course, not everything is as delicate or harmful as a cup of coffee. Shoes and clothes can fly around the back of your car without much harm. Nonetheless, all of these things can distract you, which means they can also cause an accident. Avoid the risk by cleaning up the clutter from your car.


With the ongoing pandemic, the coronavirus is one of the more pressing concerns with dirty cars. The virus has a few ways of spreading. Droplets are liquid particles that are produced through coughing and sneezing. Aerosols are lightweight particles that are produced by speaking. If either of these makes their way to a person’s mouth or nose, the virus will likely infect them.

These particles don’t have to directly contact your mouth or nose to infect you. For example, if someone’s cough droplets land on a packet of sweets and you grab that packet, the droplets are now on your hand. If you proceed to eat one of the sweets, the droplets can enter your mouth and infect you.

You could easily replace that bag of sweets with something else in your car. If you’re bringing anything from the outside into your car, there’s a chance that you’re bringing in infectious droplets into your car. Consequently, you shouldn’t just clean up your car, but you should also disinfect it.

To avoid these hazards, you should clean up your car. That means getting rid of clutter, disinfecting, and installing accessories that prevent your car from getting dirty again. If you’re a coffee-enthusiast or generally like having something to drink on your way to your destination, contact Cup Holder Hero. We offer cup holder liners and other interior accessories for a bevy of cars, including the Dodge Charger and Chevy K5 Blazer. Get in touch, and keep your car clean and yourself healthy.

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