Allergy-Proof Your Car in Three Simple Steps

May 1st, 2015 by

spring allergies

All too often, spring flowers bring with them dreaded allergies. If you suffer from allergies, or know someone who does, you know what a total bummer it can be. Swollen, watery, itchy eyes, congestion, a sore throat – the list goes on. You may not have thought too much about your car’s ability to harbor pollen and other allergens that can inflame your already uncomfortable symptoms, but because we spend so much time in our cars, taking time to allergy-proof your car can make a big difference.

Keep it clean. This sounds obvious, but left over food or spilled drinks can eventually grow mold without you realizing it. Make sure to check under and between seats for food, and always throw trash away. Also be sure to vacuum and wipe-down the interior regularly. Dust settles into the seats and on the dashboard, and can contribute to those extra sneezes.

Keep allergens out. Make sure to drive with the windows up and air conditioning re-circulating in the cabin during allergy season, and especially when driving through pollen-rich areas. In severe cases, it may be necessary to ask passengers to remove shoes, jackets, hats, etc. before getting in the car and store them in the trunk.

Replace your air filters. Air filters are the key to fresh air inside your car’s cabin. The single most important thing you can do to reduce pollen and other allergens in your car is replace the filter on a regular basis.

If you’re in the market for a new car, consider choosing a car with leather (or imitation leather) upholstery. It’s easier to keep clean, and doesn’t harbor dust and attract dirt the way fabric seats can. Also opt for rubber floor mats, for the same reason.

Here at Carriage Mitsubishi, we hope these tips and tricks will keep your allergies at bay this season.