Eating behind the wheel could increase the chances of food poisoning, according to new research.
A study has shown that germs associated with food poisoning, skin infections and vomiting were found in checks on cars.
Swabs revealed samples of bacillus cereus and staphylococcus present in a typical family car, germs that cause vomiting and skin conditions like impetigo respectively.
A survey carried out by Halfords showed that 70 percent of drivers confessed to eating while at the wheel, and almost 50 percent said they left food leftovers in the car overnight.
However, despite treating the car as a mobile dining room, half of all owners say that they clean the car less than once a month. Add in that a third regularly carry animals in their cars, and nearly half confess to spilling food or drink in the car and leaving it to clean up later and the car becomes an unsavoury place to enjoy a snack.
"People would be horrified at the prospect of eating from a toilet seat however they ought to be aware that eating from a contaminated car dashboard may represent the same health hazards," said Dr Anthony Hilton, reader of microbiology at Aston University.