Britain's car cleanliness habits revealed

New research has revealed that Britain is a nation of drivers with poor car hygiene.

The survey, which questioned 2,000 drivers about their in-car cleanliness, found that 16 per cent of people clean the inside of their cars less than three times a year – with nine per cent of people washing their car just once every six months.

On top of this, nine per cent of those questioned were so ashamed of the condition of their car that they would make excuses not to pick up passengers – with 38 per cent of these people claiming that they’d run out of petrol so as to not have to give people a lift.

Those aged over 55 are the cleanest drivers going – with only 34 per cent of those asked regularly consuming food and drink in their cars.

Women are more likely than men to eat in their car however, with 80 per cent eating in their vehicle compared to 70 per cent of men. Nearly one in 10 people never clean their car’s glovebox, either. Twelve per cent of drivers still smoke behind the wheel, despite numerous bans to limit this.

The survey, which was conducted by BP, coincided with the company’s research into dirt-busting fuels. A spokesperson for BP said: “We spent five years developing fuels that clean our engines, and tested them for thousands of hours in engines and vehicles, so no matter what the state of your car’s interior, you know that thanks to BP Ultimate with ACTIVE technology, you’ll have a clean engine.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

May 16, 2016

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