Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, we are either sitting in traffic on our way to work, dropping kids off at school or part of our job is driving around all day seeing clients. Due to that fact, our cars tend to collect clutter. From boxes in the trunk to fast food containers on the floor, it’s all part of vehicle ownership. So what are the benefits of having a clean car?
There are several reasons for keeping your car clean.
It boosts your vehicle resale value, protects the paint, prevents rust and corrosion and it also provides several psychological benefits.
Clean spaces lead to less stress, happier people
The unfavorable effects of clutter can affect our everyday life. According to researchers, disorganization and visual clutter – i.e. trash in your vehicle, boxes, and other stuff sitting around your vehicle – distracts and causes stress. Clutter within your viewing space like on the dashboard can decrease your focus.
Additional studies have found that a lack of organization and cleanliness can elevate levels of cortisol – the stress hormone – resulting in feelings of fatigue, tiredness, and depression. Conversely, people in organized environments reported greater feelings of energy and restfulness.
In addition to the psychological benefits, a cleaner vehicle will leave you healthier. Our vehicles are surprisingly dirty places. Bacteria growth occurs all over your vehicle, and in particularly messy cars, bacteria growth can even occur within the air vents. Dust, pollen, and other allergens tend to collect in carpeting and can result in allergies and other breathing ailments for drivers.
So when it comes to your vehicle, proper car cleaning and car care are necessary for improved well-being. Studies have shown a clean car will leave you feeling healthier, happier, and less stressed.