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Rideshare Cars have more germs/bacteria than a toilet seat. Do you agree? What do you do to keep your car clean?

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momof4
8167 Rider Driver
 Posted 1 year, 3 months ago


A recent study performed by Netquote Insurance Company swabed 9 cars. 3 Rideshare  3 Rent A Car, and 3Taxi's. Found that rideshare cars have more germs than a toilet seat. What are your thoughts?

https://6abc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/6abc.com/amp/health/rideshare-cars-have-more-germs-than-toilet-seat-study-says/5296817/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQDoAEA#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2F6abc.com%2Fhealth%2Frideshare-cars-have-more-germs-than-toilet-seat-study-says%2F5296817%2F

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    Squirtle
    3
     3 weeks ago

    Whatever you do, do not click on this link.

    Your Phone Is Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat, But You Don't Care

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    DDominico69
    170 Driver
     3 weeks ago

    This topic seems way more relevant now post-Covid pandemic. You were ahead of your time.

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    momof4
    OP 8167 Rider Driver
     1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

    I would like to know what city these cars drive in. Would also like to know if these cars were used to pick patients up from a hospital or medical center. As some of these places arrange for cars to pick up and drop off patients who have no way to get to their appointments. .  Were the rideshare cars rented out to drivers who then returned it at the end of the week or were the personal cars that drivers own? I also dont feel that 9 cars can give accurate results. 

    I have worked in Healthcare since I was 14 yrs old. Started out as a Candy Striper (young people wont know what this is lol). I know about bacteria and what it can do and how sick it can make you. I take care of my car as I dont want to get sick, my family to get sick, or my riders to get sick. I use anti bacterial cleaner before I start my day.  I spray lysol on the door handles, seat belts, seats, trunk area and floor mats after each rider. If I have an immediate pick up at same drop off as last passenger w...

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    I would like to know what city these cars drive in. Would also like to know if these cars were used to pick patients up from a hospital or medical center. As some of these places arrange for cars to pick up and drop off patients who have no way to get to their appointments. .  Were the rideshare cars rented out to drivers who then returned it at the end of the week or were the personal cars that drivers own? I also dont feel that 9 cars can give accurate results. 

    I have worked in Healthcare since I was 14 yrs old. Started out as a Candy Striper (young people wont know what this is lol). I know about bacteria and what it can do and how sick it can make you. I take care of my car as I dont want to get sick, my family to get sick, or my riders to get sick. I use anti bacterial cleaner before I start my day.  I spray lysol on the door handles, seat belts, seats, trunk area and floor mats after each rider. If I have an immediate pick up at same drop off as last passenger which is extremely rare then I may not be able to spray. I pick up people at the airport coming from different states and countries. I put luggage in my car that who the hell know where thats been. I dont know if these people I pick up are sick, have contagious illness that they know they have or dont know they do, people who Cancer and other illnesses that lower their ability to fight off illnesses. I picked up people from Newark Airport the day there was a confirmed case of someone with measles at the airport. I put my family in this car. You dont know who you are picking up and how clean, contagious, or sick they may be. I make sure I vacuum my car everyday (sometimes 2 or 3 X) in case someones luggage may have bed bugs or whatever other creatures could've crawled in there. I put my family in my car. I dont need them getting sick. I also look out for my riders. One thing I hate about this job is having to use public restrooms. The shit (literally) that I see in these bathrooms, the filth, the piss everywhere but in the toilet is absolutely disgusting. Also let me tell you most people dont wash their hands at all,  some use plain water no soap, others put a drop of soap, rinse their hands in less than 5 seconds. Totally not enough time. The best is after washing their hands they shut spigot off with their clean hands then open door by the handle (use paper towels to do this) you just recontaminated your hands. I would assume most drivers clean & disinfect their cars. At least I hope they do.


    DRIVERS PLEASE DISINFECT YOUR CARS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU ARE PICKING UP OR WHAT GERMS/BACTERIA THEY MAY BE CARRYING. YOU  ALSO MAY PICK UP A RIDER WITH NO IMMUNE SYSTEM BECAUSE OF CHEMO OR SOME OTHER ILLNESS. REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GET INTO THAT SAME CAR.

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      MingiPark1982
      100
       1 year ago

      This is one thing rideshares have one leg over taxis. The drivers drive their own vehicles, so it's in their best interest to keep their cars clean. 

      I agree that a quick wipe with Lysol wipes is not too much effort.  Makes a huge difference.

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      sally
      97 Driver
       1 year ago

      I also love that lysol spray, makes things so easy but sometimes I wonder how well it actually works...

      Do you think lysol wipes are more effective than the spray? Just so much easier to spray and go! 

      and I am super impressed with how often you vacuum your car, I hate getting out my little vacuum and doing this!! Do you have a vacuum you love?

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        momof4
        OP 8167 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        I would rather use the spray. Imo I think its better and easier. I have a small wet/dry vac put out by Armour All with small attachments that get into those really hard to reach spots.  I keep a hand hell wisk broom in my car. When I stop to get gas I brush off mats and any other crap that gets tracked in. If need be stop at gas station or car wash to use their vacuum. I am OCD with keeping my car clean:)

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          sally
          97 Driver
           1 year ago

          Wow I am impressed! Especially coming from a mom of 4 :) Kids are a clean cars worst nightmare LOL

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            momof4
            OP 8167 Rider Driver
             1 year ago

            Lol. My kids are older (26, 17, 21, 26) only 2  teens still at home . When they were younger my car was absolutely disgusting. You would get out with gummies stuck to your ass, sticky crap everywhere,  french fries, you name it it was in my car. Now that only 2 are left and rarely in my car I can finally keep it the way I want. Now I am OCD:)  A place for everything and everything in its place. When the other 2 move out I can be OCD in their also. 

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    DanHennison
    20
     1 year ago

    Hm, then I think the organizers of this study should drive around in toilet seats instead, I mean hey they are cleaner right?

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    DougH
    209 Driver
     1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

    My thoughts are that netquote should be ashamed of their lazy study. 3 cars in each category! One particularly bad fart in the backseat could skew the data. 

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      JosephGould76
      17
       1 year ago

      Yes, but this is definitely accurate. 120%. 

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      momof4
      OP 8167 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      I agree 9 cars doesnt make for an accurate study.

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        JosephGould76
        17
         1 year ago

        But it’s definitely accurate though. It’s beyond accurate. a sample pool of one would have been enough. 

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          momof4
          OP 8167 Rider Driver
           1 year ago

          What is your thought process on this study being so accurate?

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            JosephGould76
            17
             1 year ago

            Because it’s obvious. No need for experiment to prove such an obvious point. LOL

            1. Even seriously speaking, I remind you these studies are flawed.  How do they even define how dirty. Our saliva has thousands of bacteria and also our hands.  Does it mean more bacteria means dirtier?  No. Some are good bacteria that’s natural in your body. When they compare toilet seats and rideshares, what are they comparing? The sheer number?
            2. They have done this research before on all kinds of things in public. Handrails, door handles, elevator buttons. Every time, they discover more bacteria than toilets . Well, duh!  People poop has bacteria but it doesn’t mean it has more. 
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      actingfool
      79
       1 year ago

      LOL Does a fart produce germs? I mean maybe if the pax is naked?!...

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    RebTrice
    50
     1 year ago

    I don’t think anyone would disagree without this factoid.  A cabin shared by hundreds of strangers? It’s absolutely disgusting. 

    I’m not saying it’s wrong that drivers don’t care, but drivers don’t care, right?  I think each rider needs to look out for themselves. 

    I respect and appreciate you that you clean your car, but  I wonder if your rider knows that or even have that level of expectation!  :)

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      momof4
      OP 8167 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      A few riders will comment how clean my car is. A few will put it in my Lyft ratings. I pick people up from airport and drop people off at the airport.  I dont where they have been or what there hygiene is.  What I do know is I am in my car, my family is in my car I do not want any of us picking up any kind of illness. Furthermore I transport kids (with parents & car seats), and riders that have cancer, or are very old. Their immune systems are not the greatest. I do not want to be responsible for anyone catching any disease or illness because I was too cheap or lazy to spray some lysol.  My car is kept clean for my own sanity. I hate clutter and a dirty car. I am not a germaphobe but I see the things people do and dont do in public restrooms. It's absolutely disgusting. I've worked in healthcare my entire life there are certain illness, diseases that people may have that I dont know about because they may not share that info. Their immune systems are not s...

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      A few riders will comment how clean my car is. A few will put it in my Lyft ratings. I pick people up from airport and drop people off at the airport.  I dont where they have been or what there hygiene is.  What I do know is I am in my car, my family is in my car I do not want any of us picking up any kind of illness. Furthermore I transport kids (with parents & car seats), and riders that have cancer, or are very old. Their immune systems are not the greatest. I do not want to be responsible for anyone catching any disease or illness because I was too cheap or lazy to spray some lysol.  My car is kept clean for my own sanity. I hate clutter and a dirty car. I am not a germaphobe but I see the things people do and dont do in public restrooms. It's absolutely disgusting. I've worked in healthcare my entire life there are certain illness, diseases that people may have that I dont know about because they may not share that info. Their immune systems are not strong enough to fight off bacteria/germs.  So with that being said I dont care what people think. I know my car is clean and if anyone gets sick most likely it wasnt from my car so not my fault:) Riders should look out for themselves by washing their hands especially after bring in public places . Most dont. Dont want them bringing their dirty bacteria infested hands in my car. Lol I use Lysol in the car but there are a few people I would've love to Lysol their entire body before they got in my car. I have a bottle of hand sanitizer in the back for riders. So far in the 3 months its been back there 3 riders have used it. 

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      ChrisNorway1
      57
       1 year ago

      I do think people appreciate clean cars, and yes people do notice. 

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    Bigfrank
    432 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    People tradition a

     Cabs have black interiors and rubber floors so it can be cleaned with a hose . I use hospital grade air spray and I only clean where I sit .  The back is dirty because most people are dirty 

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    franciash
    23
     1 year ago

    This just seems a little too far fetched. What kind of toilet seat are they talking about. One in a private residence that gets cleaned regularly? Then maybe but definitely not when compared to toilets in public restrooms 😖

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      momof4
      OP 8167 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      They need to do a much better study then 9 cars. They probably used cars they rent out to drivers who may not care to clean it because its not their car. I cant imagine what toilet seats they checked. The rest rooms I see out on the road are absolutely disgusting . People dont even wash their hands. I call the study BS. 

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    Bigfrank
    432 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    I don't know why this is new news and  that's why traditional taxi cabs have always had black interiors . 

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      momof4
      OP 8167 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      I dont understand why you would not clean your car. It's your personal car that you use to drive yourself, family, and friends. You have no clue who you are picking up and where they have been, what they were doing, or what their hygiene is. Just look at public restrooms, what you see in them. You really want your own personal car to have more bacteria than a toilet seat? I dont understand people. Some are so disgusting, lazy, and nasty.

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    KirstenGH
    65
     1 year ago

    What does this mean? Rental car bit, I understand but what about the thing on taxis. 

    Is it saying there even more germs in taxis?

    A new study finds rideshares carry triple the amount of germs as rental cars.

    The germ disparity is even greater between rideshares and taxis.

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    cheesehead
    522 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    Jeez what are people doing in these cars to ramp up the bacteria count like that....

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      momof4
      OP 8167 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Would like to know also. Who are they picking up? Study definately needs to check more than 9 cars. I want to know where these super clean toilet seats are to use them when out on the road.