Yeah, yeah, it’s the daily grind we’re all sick off.
Forward ten yards and wait twenty minutes. Forward another five and another half hour.
Been there, done that, got the parking ticket.
Where’s the freedom?
None of which is why you bought the car in the first place.
You got it for vooma! Because it feels sexy. Because you can go places, do things. Because you rule your own life, baby!
And yes, the open road still exists – it’s still possible to jump in, turn the key and take off.
Yeah, go, go, go.
And are you having chips with that? A whole new world of doing things as they happen – because it’s not just McDonalds who do drive-through. There’s Krispy Kreme Doughnuts as well. Starbucks too.
Plus all those fast-food pit-stop places on the motorways – with everything from pizza to fish & chips to scones and tea. Food on the go is big business and getting bigger.
You have to watch it of course. You don’t want the law eyeballing you while you’re noshing your burger with the engine running. Three points on your licence and a fine is not worth it.
Fast car, fast food, mmm
It’s still great though. Park up somewhere and watch the world go by. Fix your hunger without losing a second of the day. It’s your leisure time and you need to make the most of it.
There is a downside of course. Crumbs, isn’t there always!
And not just crumbs. Bits of garnish, drops of dip, rogue onion rings, greasy wrappers, Coke spills – it can get quite yucky in there. Multiplied by ten if you have kids.
Which means it’s not the motion of the car that’s giving you that queasy feeling. It’s our old friend e.coli – or c.difficile, or norovirus – or any one of a hundred gastrointestinal disorders picked up from the germs lurking where the food spills have gathered.
And for afters
Serious uphill that – cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea. Or even worse if it gets out of hand – dehydration, organ failure – enough to put you in hospital for a couple of weeks.
So two things.
One, you’ve got to clean your car INTERIOR a lot more regularly – especially busy Mums who live in the thing.
And two, there’s always going to be germs, because you can’t clean every second – so you need to follow-up with a good disinfect/sterilise session whenever you can.
Best if you can get it is one of those disinfecting room foggers like Saniguard – an ammonium chloride mist that spreads throughout your whole car (it looks like a sauna in there), not just reaching the cracks and crevices, but destroying any germs in the air as well.
You close all the windows, put the can in the middle of the car, press the button and get the heck out of there. Twenty minutes later, it’s all done. Just let all the fog out and you’re good to go.
Trouble is, the stuff is not always available.
So Plan B is good old Dettol – and their very versatile disinfectant spray.
It won’t kill the airborne germs, the spray is too direct and not made for air dispersal.
But what it will do is a darn good disinfecting job of all surfaces and tricky corners. It’s kind to plastics and leather, needs no wiping, and dries without a trace afterwards. Easy peasy.
Drive safe, drive healthy
You can tell both of these have worked because any smells that might have been present are now gone. And even if you didn’t notice a pong because you were used to being in the car, there will be a pleasant freshness that wasn’t there before.
Yes, it’s a schlep, but it’s got to be done. Like washing your hands and cleaning your teeth every day. Your car is the same. In the war against germs, there’s never any let up.
Anyway, who wants to wind up in ICU just for a quick trip down the B1040?