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Coming clean with inside story on dirty cars

PUBLISHED: 15:23 18 October 2015

Four our of 10 drivers do not offer people a lift in car their car because it is so dirty inside.

Four our of 10 drivers do not offer people a lift in car their car because it is so dirty inside.

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Filthy car interiors mean 40% of British drivers do not offer friends or colleagues a lift in their car.

And a further 15% drivers admit that they have never cleaned the interior of their car.

A survey shows 27% of drivers clean the interior of their car only once a year, while nine out of 10 drivers (88%) blame the poor state of their car’s interior on children.

Also, 34% blame the mess on passengers, while 22% say they don’t bother to clean the car’s interior because kids and pets will just make it messy again.

Although a quarter of motorists are unwilling to clean their own cars due to the inevitable return of mess, it seems that 79% of people would be willing to pay a professional, rather than try to sort out the mess themselves.

The most common mess that professional valeters remove from cars includes food packaging, dirty clothes, pet hair, newspapers and even dog mess.

Both sexes admit to taking less care of their cars than they should, but women are the worst culprits when it comes to car cleanliness as 48% confess to keeping a messy car. Only 35% of men admit to the same messy habits.

Andrew Kirkley, co-director of OSV which carried out the survey, said: “I think that there can be few people who have always kept their car immaculate, but it is quite important to try and keep them tidy.

“Loose drinks bottles 
on the car floor, for example, can cause 
quite devastating accidents if they roll beneath the brake pedal. Other litter can cause similar hazards. While we’re never going to judge anyone for not keeping their car clean, basic housekeeping does make sense. And if your kids are mucky pups, try keeping a container on the back seat, so that litter is controlled.”

A jealous Suffolk man who fired a BB gun at a car after finding text messages from the vehicle’s owner on his partner’s phone has been jailed for ten months.

A former geography teacher from Essex says that schoolchildren should be taught more about what to do if a natural disaster occurs after getting caught up in the earthquake which hit Kos last week.

Proposals for an accommodation complex housing 2,400 power station construction workers in Suffolk have been criticised in an independent report – with energy bosses urged to rethink the plans.

An Ipswich computer repairer who downloaded child porn has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.

Just weeks after the Ipswich Park and Ride service was relaunched with a new service run by First Eastern Counties, part of its site at Copdock Mill has been put up for sale.

A Suffolk footballer who lost both his legs in a horrific hit and run crash has fulfilled his ambition of walking down the aisle on his wedding day.

A driver killed in a crash which also left his seven-year-old daughter seriously hurt has been named by police as they continue their appeal for witnesses.

A woman in her 70s suffered injuries after an “unkempt” man is reported to have shouted and pushed her to the ground in a Suffolk high street.

Children and parents came face-to-face with all manner of creepy crawlies at the Wildlife Family Fun Day at Holywells Park in Ipswich today.

An accident involving a motorbike and car on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge was resolved with little disruption and no major injuries.

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