Driving with a messy car could land motorists in bother and a hefty fine


As the weather gets better in Scotland, more and more of us are now taking our vehicles to our local car washes to give them a good scrub.

And this includes the inside for when fancy drivers going on a little day trip to the beach or park.

While a clean car makes the journey that little bit more enjoyable, it ensures that we don’t fall foul of the law, the Express reports.

Jamie Louram, Halfords Car Cleaning Buyer, has warned that keeping the clutter in our cars could result in a huge fine.

He has also explained what to look out for to make sure cars are clean, tidy and most importantly, safe to drive.

“While there is not fine for having a messy interior, clutter if bad enough can also fall under the careless driving rule leading to a fine of up to £100”, Jamie said.

“As a general rule, keep your car clutter free to avoid any dangerous situations such as things getting stuck under the brake pedal or blocking your view.

“If you do tend to err on the side of messy when it comes to your car, a bin is a great solution.”



And it is important to keep the outside of your car clean

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I have also highlighted the importance of having clean mirrors and windows.

Motorists also face fines of up to £1,000 if the outside of the car is dirty – namely around their number plates and windscreens.

“It’s crucial to check that your mirrors are clean and clear every time you use your car, as anything that may instruct your vision will make it dangerous to drive,” Jamie explained.

“Any kind of dirt or grime on the windscreen can be incredibly dangerous as it can impact your view of the road ahead.

“In some instances having a dirt windscreen could be seen as careless driving and land motorists with a fine of up to £100 and points on the license if an accident occurs as a result.

“Grime can build up on the windscreen over time, so give it a good wash to ensure visibility is at its optimum whilst out on the roads.”

How to keep your car clean

Motoring experts have also been providing tips on how to keep your car clean and organized.

Drivers have been told to always keep a pack of wipes in the car.

Whether or not you have small kids, wipes will come in handy for any car owner.

They are great for cleaning up spills, wiping dirty hands, and a quick way to get the interior plastics and hard surfaces in your car sparkling.

Having an organized glove box is also key.

Experts urged drivers to stop storing paperwork inside, and check what items might be useful to keep there.

Additionally, research by Ageas has shown that cupholders are some of the worst culprits for hiding bacteria in many cars.

Part of the problem is that they are very difficult to clean.

One popular trick is to use a travel cup, with an old sock over the bottom.

Drivers can spray it with window cleaner, put it inside the cup holder, and twist it around so it shifts all the dirt.



Cupholders hide the most bacteria in the car, according to research

Motorists could also prevent cupholders from getting dirty in the first place by putting silicon baking cups in them, which will catch all of the dust and dirt and are easier to empty out.

Lastly, every car should have a bin and a clean boot.

Even a small plastic container could act as a bin.

Drivers should, however, remember to empty it out once in a while to prevent any unwanted smells in the car.

Motorists should also take a minute to go through the boot and decide what they really need to keep in there.




www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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