The UK’s Dirtiest Drivers Revealed – Is this Right About You & Your Car?

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Is the inside of your car a total tip? Are you too embarrassed to offer a lift? It turns out, you’re not the only one. Whilst your car might sparkle on the outside, the inside often gets neglected – meaning those fast-food cartons and old running shoes can cause a bit of a stink over time.

In a bid to dish the dirt, Zuto.com surveyed over 2,000 Brits, driving cars from popular brands, to find out what disgusting items are left lurking inside, and who refuses to pick up passengers because they’re just too embarrassed.

Who Cleans The Most? 

When it comes to cleaning a car’s interior, Volvo drivers leave it the longest, with one in three admitting they leave it between six to 12 months before getting the vacuum out. They could be dubbed as Britain’s dirtiest drivers – but who else is covered in grime?

Who Cleans The Least?

A quarter of Honda drivers also leave it more than six months before giving it a wipe, followed by a fifth of Citroen (20%) and Hyundai drivers (20%).

Unsurprisingly, Brit’s who boast a Mercedes-Benz show the most pride, with 21% making it gleam once a week. This is followed by BMW, Audi, and Mazda drivers.

What Lurks Inside?

If you’re guilty of leaving your empty McDonald’s cups and sneaky Mars bar wrappers lying around, you aren’t alone. Citroen and Vauxhall drivers are most likely to leave fast food wrappers and drinks bottles lying around, with a fifth of those surveyed pleading guilty to the act.

When it comes to grime, this is also one of the most committed crimes, with almost half (42%) of Mazda drivers declaring dirty car mats and a third (37%) of Volvo drivers known to leave mud on the seats and floor.

Pets play a part here, too, as 31% of Land Rover drivers reveal animal hair to be the most disgusting thing inside their cars. One in 10 Audi drivers say they’ve experienced animal sick, whilst an unfortunate 10% of Mercedes-Benz drivers have had an experience of pet poo.

10% of Peugeot drivers admit to leaving mouldy fruit, such as apple cores and banana skins inside, whilst Renault drivers are most likely to leave their unwashed lunchboxes and Tupperware inside.

Who Is Ashamed Of The Mess?

Overall, one in five drivers have refused to give someone a lift and 44% feel embarrassed about the mess in their cars when they do. Despite cleaning their cars the most, 50% of Mercedes-Benz owners say they’ve refused to give someone a lift due to the condition of the car’s interior. The same goes for a third of Audi and BMW drivers, who also say they’ve refused.

On the other hand, only 7% of Volvo drivers surveyed have ever refused to pick someone up, and 70% say they’ve never felt embarrassed by the mess inside of their cars.

Parents with children under 18 are more embarrassed than those without kids, as 58% get embarrassed and stressed out when picking up friends or family. Only 15% of Skoda drivers have said no to picking up a mate, followed by Renault (18%) and Vauxhall (18%).

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