Will your car make you ill?
According to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, drivers are at risk of breathing-in allergens that are trapped in vehicle cabin filters, after the summer’s pollen count hit a 12 year high between late-March and early-September.
Cabin filters, also called ‘pollen filters’, prevent a variety of particulates from entering a vehicle’s interior. This ranges from seeds and leaves to smaller particles, including pollen, dust and soot. More advanced pollen filters contain activated carbon ingredients that absorb bacteria and other pollutants, such as those from vehicle exhausts.
Get It Checked
The cabin filter should be replaced annually, or every 12,000 miles, reducing the risk of the filter blocking, which could cause allergens to be blasted at the vehicle occupants. According to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a quarter of van operators fail to replace the filters regularly but it is tempting for private car owners to skimp on this maintenance activity. Thankfully, new filters are not expensive and tend to cost between £10 and £30, with carbon activated filters costing a little more.
Having a filter replaced before spring also ensures that hay fever suffers are prepared for the return of better weather, although that may seem a long way off.