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Is your Uber or Lyft clean? Study finds ride-shares are full of germs

Posted at 7:16 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 08:22:37-04

Every day, 19 million people use Uber or Lyft to get around. Ride-sharing has become a huge craze. It’s easy. It’s convenient. It’s affordable. But how clean are the Uber or Lyft vehicles you ride in?

You might not be able to see the germs, but a new study conducted by the insurance company NetQuote found they are there.

Results showed the average rideshare vehicle has about 219 times as many germs as the average taxi, which is regularly cleaned. They were nearly three times germier than the average toothbrush holder and more than 35,000 times germier than the average toilet seat.

To protect yourself, avoid touching the germiest areas such as window buttons. Another bad area for germs: the seat belt. You can’t avoid that, but be sure to use a hand sanitizer after your ride.

Surprisingly, door handles aren’t as bad. Report vehicles that are unclean to the ridesharing service. Drivers are also encouraged to vacuum and wipe down their cars often and to use an air sanitizer.