The back seats of taxis and vehicles booked via rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are, on average, much ickier than your average toilet seat, according to tests conducted by insurance aggregator website Netquote.
The tests focused on three areas: the window buttons; door handles; and seatbelt of three randomly chosen taxis, and three randomly chosen rideshare vehicles, Autoblog
They also swabbed the seatbelts, steering wheel and gearshift of three rental cars. These spots were chosen because they are the most-touched points in most cars.
The grossness of the results of the test is measured in CFU numbers, which stands for “colony-forming units.” A typical toilet seat has around 171 CFU per square inch. The amount of germs isn't actually as big a deal as how bad the individual germ can be; however, the more germs, the greater the possibility one of those pretty bad ones is in the mix.
On the scale, the tests showed taxis netted an average CFU of 27,000 per square inch, with the worst offender areas being the seatbelts, followed by the door handles and window buttons.
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Rental cars are much worse for wear, somehow. The steering wheel and gear lever get the worst of it, with over 1 million CFU per square inch, while the seatbelts remain almost unscathed, with only 403 CFU per square inch. You would think the vehicles would be hosed down after some filthy bum has returned it after 1,000 km, but nope.
The rental cars aren't as bad as the rideshare vehicles, however. With people constantly jumping in and out of them from various venues, it really isn't a surprise that the seatbelts and window controls scored over 5 million CFU per square inch. Somehow, the door handles remained cleaner at 1,810 CFU per square inch.
So maybe next time you ride in an Uber, wear a hazmat suit. That's the only logical thing to do.