Many people feel safer in their own cars than risk getting germs while travelling on public transport. The truth for many car drivers and passengers is the opposite. A British survey discovered that most cars are so dirty inside that they are a potential breeding ground for bacteria such as the deadly E.Coli. The survey was carried out by the University of Nottingham. Microbiologists analysed steering wheels, hand brakes, foot wells and seats to find out what bacteria might be lurking there. They found that most cars were dirty enough to harbour the deadly bacteria. They also discovered that most car owners gave very little thought to the importance of keeping their car interior hygienic.
Cars are an ideal place for germs to live. Over half of car owners have dropped food onto seats, while a third have spilt drinks. Other owners spoke of children's vomit and 'pet accidents'. Despite this, only a quarter of owners cleaned the inside of their cars once every three months and most drivers still eat and drink at the wheel. Common problems the researchers found were drink bottles under seats, used tissues in storage areas and rotting food on carpets and seat covers. A spokeswoman said: "It's really worrying to see just how dirty people are letting their cars get. We were expecting to find some bad stuff from the University of Nottingham's testing but we didn't expect to find bacteria relating to E.coli in there."
1.breeding ground 滋生地
例句：There is no breeding ground for major social and political crises.
2.storage area 存储区
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但是，不应该将任何超过 100MB 的文档存储在数据库存储区域中。
3.drink bottle 饮料瓶
例句：One pocket is dedicated to store a drink bottle.
4.expect to 期待
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1.Where do people think is safer than public transport?
a) their own cars
2.What is a potential breeding ground for bacteria?
c) dirty cars
3.Who analysed steering wheels?
4.What were most cars dirty enough to harbour?
b) deadly bacteria
c) rotting food
5.What did most car owners give little thought to the importance of?
c) mobile phones
d) car washes
6.What fraction of car owners dropped food on car seats?
d) over half
7.How many car owners clean the inside of their cars every 3 months?
b) a third
c) a quarter
8.What did researchers find under car seats?
9.What did researchers find on seat covers?
c) rotting food
10.What kind of bacteria did researchers not expect to find in cars?
a) harmless bacteria
b) that relating to E.coli
c) interesting bacteria
d) cheesy bacteria